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“Watercolor” or “Watercolour”


Watercolor and watercolour are both English terms.


Watercolor is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while watercolour is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
watercolor 99 33 88 98 68 32 0 43 40 84 69 0
watercolour 1 67 12 2 32 68 0 57 60 16 31 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "watercolor" over "watercolour" (99 to 1).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 67 to 33 preference for "watercolour" over "watercolor".
  • In India, there is a preference for "watercolor" over "watercolour" (88 to 12).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "watercolor" over "watercolour" (98 to 2).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "watercolor" over "watercolour" (68 to 32).
  • In Australia, there is a 68 to 32 preference for "watercolour" over "watercolor".
  • In Liberia, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "watercolor" and "watercolour".
  • In Ireland, there is a 57 to 43 preference for "watercolour" over "watercolor".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 60 to 40 preference for "watercolour" over "watercolor".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "watercolor" over "watercolour" (84 to 16).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "watercolor" over "watercolour" (69 to 31).
  • In Guyana, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "watercolor" and "watercolour".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use watercolor or watercolour with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “watercolor”

  • American artist Sarah Goodridge, a watercolor portrait miniature on a piece
  • to the formation of English watercolor painting societies: the Society of
  • Watercolor.
  • combining pencil, colored pencil and watercolor with a light-as-air touch.
  • The Watercolor (Tr: Suluboya) is a 2009
  • work in the medium of watercolor.
  • The Watercolor Artist's Paper Directory.
  • is to become the greatest watercolor collector of the world.
  • known for small-scale ink and watercolor drawings
  • the pigments in paintings (especially watercolor pigments) and bleach the dyes

Examples of “watercolour”

  • Watercolour drawings
  • English Heritage Archive, and his watercolour paintings and drawings of London
  • 'Titi''' (1856), Gouache/paperAn Angel (1857) Watercolour, pencil/paperDamenportrait (1859) 19x13 InkPortraet af
  • now known as the Royal Watercolour Society) and the New Water
  • sporting and pastoral scenes in watercolour that he achieved the popularity
  • Royal Watercolour Society
  • has shared her gift for watercolour painting through teaching, exhibitions, commissioned
  • Roots, Watercolour, gouache, pen and ink on
  • His watercolours are amongst the most technically
  • a number of portraits in watercolour, among these one of Henry

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