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



BrE BrE//ɪmˈpreʃənɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpreʃənɪzəm//
[uncountable] Styles of art
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a style in painting developed in France in the late 19th century that uses colour to show the effects of light on things and to suggest atmosphere rather than showing exact details See related entries: Styles of art Word Originfrom French impressionnisme, from impressionniste, originally used in a pejorative sense with reference to Monet's painting Impression: soleil levant (1872).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Impressionism