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

 

pointillism

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪntɪlɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪntɪlɪzəm//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpwæntɪlɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpwæntɪlɪzəm//
 
[uncountable] Artwork and techniques
 
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a style of painting that was developed in France in the late 19th century in which very small dots of colour are used to build up the picture See related entries: Artwork and techniques Word Origin early 20th cent.: from French pointillisme, from pointiller ‘mark with dots’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pointillism