• WordNet 3.6
    • n grisaille chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grisaille A kind of French fancy dress goods.
    • Grisaille (Fine Arts) Decorative painting in gray monochrome; -- used in English especially for painted glass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grisaille A system of painting in gray tints of various shades, produced by mixing white with black, used either simply for decoration, or to represent objects, etc., as if in relief; also, a painting, a stained-glass window, etc., executed according to this method. See camaieu.
    • n grisaille A fancy fabric with a cotton warp and a wool weft for women's wear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grisaille grē-zāl′ a style of decorative painting in grayish tints in imitation of bas-reliefs: a stained-glass window in this style.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from gris gray
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—gris, gray.


In literature:

The thickening branches make a pink 'grisaille' against the blue sky.
"Men, Women and Ghosts" by Amy Lowell
HEAVY CHINE SILKS, GRISAILLE COLORS, $1.50 per yard; value $2.50.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 15, July 9, 1870" by Various
Four of them contain groups under canopies, with a background of grisaille and a wide border.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The grisaille glass seen in the interior is unusual, but mediocre in the extreme.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
The old painters felt this when they diapered their quarry-glazing and did such grisaille work as the "Five Sisters" window at York.
"Stained Glass Work" by C. W. Whall
It provides an early example of the use of grisaille to increase the illumination of the interior.
"Stained Glass Tours in France" by Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
Grisaille was plentifully used, and Salisbury was famous for it.
"Stained Glass Tours in England" by Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
Some of the later specimens have views of cities, battle scenes and processions painted in grisaille.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
The artist in "grisaille" always took especial pains with his draperies.
"Lessons in the Art of Illuminating" by W. J. Loftie
Apart from economy, the principal motive for the use of grisaille in windows was, as I have said, the need for light.
"Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France" by Hugh Arnold