Definition of chiaroscuro noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kiˌɑːrəˈskʊərəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//kiˌɑːrəˈskʊroʊ//
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the way light and shade are shown; the contrast between light and shade Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Italian, from chiaro ‘clear, bright’ (from Latin clarus) + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’ (from Latin obscurus).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chiaroscuro