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



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpæstəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpæstoʊ//
    (art) Artwork and techniques
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  1. 1[uncountable] a painting technique in which the paint is put on so thickly that it stands out from the surface See related entries: Artwork and techniques
  2. 2[countable] a picture painted using this method
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from Italian, from impastare, from im- ‘upon’ + pasta ‘a paste’, from late Latin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: impasto