noun, plural aq·ua·relles [ak-wuhrelz; French a-kwarel] /ˌæk wəˈrɛlz; French a kwaˈrɛl/.

  1. a watercolor.
  2. Printing. a printed picture that has been colored manually by applying watercolor through stencils, each color requiring a different stencil.


  1. a method of watercolour painting in transparent washes
  2. a painting done in this way

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

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