wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup
Wordswarms From Years Past


13-Letter Words
12-Letter Words
11-Letter Words
10-Letter Words
9-Letter Words
8-Letter Words
7-Letter Words
6-Letter Words
5-Letter Words
4-Letter Words
3-Letter Words


Adjacent Words

gripman
grippe
gripped
gripper
gripping
grippingly
Gripple
Grippleness
gripsack
Griqualand East
Griqualand West
Gris
gris-gris
Gris-Nez, Cape
Grisamber
Grise
Griselda
Griselinia
Griselinia littoralis
Griselinia lucida
griseofulvin
Griseous
Grisette
Grisham, John
Griskin
Grisled

grisaille definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from gris gray, from Middle French more at grizzle Date: 1848 decoration in tones of a single color and especially gray designed to produce a three-dimensional effect

Britannica Concise

Painting technique by which an image is executed entirely in shades of gray and usually modeled to produce the illusion of sculpture or relief. It was used especially by 15th-cent. Flemish painters (e.g., J. van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, 1432) and in the late 18th cent. to imitate classical sculpture in wall and ceiling decoration. It is sometimes used to produce monotone underpainting for translucent oil colors. In the 16th cent., grisaille enamels were developed in Limoges, France; the technique achieves a dramatic effect of light and shade and a pronounced sense of three-dimensionality.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a method of painting in grey monochrome, often to imitate sculpture. 2 a painting or stained-glass window of this kind. Etymology: F f. gris grey

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Grisaille Gri"saille`, n. [F., from gris gray.] 1. (Fine Arts) Decorative painting in gray monochrome; -- used in English especially for painted glass. 2. A kind of French fancy dress goods. --Knight.



Wordswarm.net: Look up a word or phrase

 


wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup