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[ak-wuh-rel, ah-kwuh-; French a-kwa-rel] /ˌæk wəˈrɛl, ˌɑ kwə-; French a kwaˈrɛl/
noun, plural aquarelles
[ak-wuh-relz; French a-kwa-rel] /ˌæk wəˈrɛlz; French a kwaˈrɛl/ (Show IPA)
a watercolor.
Printing. a printed picture that has been colored manually by applying watercolor through stencils, each color requiring a different stencil.
1865-70; < French < Italian acquarella (now obsolete) watercolor, equivalent to Latin aquār(ius) of water (see aquarium) + Italian -ella -elle
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aquarellist, noun Unabridged
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  • The wastewater will be generated by washing machines and then treated by an aquarelle treatment system prior to being discharged.
British Dictionary definitions for aquarelle


a method of watercolour painting in transparent washes
a painting done in this way
Derived Forms
aquarellist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French
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Word Origin and History for aquarelle

1855, from French aquarelle (18c.), from Italian acquerella "water-color," diminutive of acqua, from Latin aqua "water" (see aqua-).

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Encyclopedia Article for aquarelle

technique of painting in transparent, rather than opaque, watercolours. Although aquarelle was known to the ancient Egyptians, it did not achieve popularity in Europe until the 18th and 19th centuries. It was used especially in France and England by landscape painters.

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