• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Camaieu A cameo.
    • Camaieu (Fine Arts) Painting in shades of one color; monochrome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n camaieu A cameo.
    • n camaieu In the arts: A painting executed in a single color, varied only by shades, as of gray, when it is called en grisaille, or in yellow, en cirage; a monochrome painting.
    • n camaieu A painting in two or three tints, as of brown, red, yellow, or green, in which the natural hues of the objects represented are not rendered.
    • n camaieu A species of printing with several blocks, of uniform tint, or of two or three pale tints, and tones of different degrees of intensity, which produces the effect of a stump- or pencil-drawing.
    • n camaieu An imitation of pen-and-ink drawings on colored paper by means of two blocks, one having the design engraved upon it in outline with cross-hatchings, and the other colored in bister, with all the lights taken out, so as to leave the ground of the paper white. The impression may be finished with brush or pencil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camaieu kam′ī-ū a cameo: a painting in monochrome, or in simple colours not imitating nature: a style of printing pictures producing the effect of a pencil-drawing
    • Camaieu Also Cam′ayeu
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F.; of unknown origin. Cf. Cameo