Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


A chromolithograph printed with oil paint on canvas in imitation of an oil painting.

o′le·og′ra·pher (-ŏg′rə-fər) n.
o′le·o·graph′ic adj.
o′le·og′ra·phy n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈəʊlɪəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf)
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a chromolithograph printed in oil colours to imitate the appearance of an oil painting
2. the pattern formed by a drop of oil spreading on water
oleographic adj
oleography n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in classic literature ?
Near it was a violent oleograph of a lemon-coloured child assaulting an inflammatory butterfly.
The whole view, with the harbour jetties of white stone underlining lividly the dark front of the town to the left, and the expanding space of water to the right with jutting promontories of no particular character, had the uninspiring, glittering quality of a very fresh oleograph. Razumov turned his back on it with contempt.
German porcelain image of Ahalya, directly based on an oleograph of Ravi Varma's painting, c.
He was selling colourful oleographs, lithographic prints that were textured to resemble an oil paint, of the reigning Pope, If he visited a Roman Catholic household, he had an oleograph of the reigning pope.
One passage, for example, describes him as turning his back with contempt on the scenery, with its "green orderly slopes" and "the uninspiring, glittering quality of a very fresh oleograph" (158).
The interior with figures is the more convincing oleograph of the two.
This print is modeled on Shivaji before Bhavani (Ravi Varma Printing Press, oleograph, ca.
My answer: On first inspection of the photograph I dismissed the picture as an oil on canvas print known as an oleograph.
That Camere separate wishes to question stable notions of identity, whether homo- or heterosexual, is revealed in the opening page of the novel, as the protagonist and narrator Leo flies from Milan to Munich, where his now-deceased lover Thomas used to live: Framed by the restricted ovoid of the window, the scenery talked to him about day and night, about the borders between the worlds of earth and air and lastly, when the cabin was lit up and on that boreal oleograph appeared the reflection of his tired and weighted face, even about the self.
Sebastian flees to the attic nursery to see his old nanny whenever he has a chance--its decorations include an oleograph of the Sacred Heart and souvenirs of childhood holidays, while its wallpaper is flocked with conventional ribbons and roses.
Thanks to this ugly predator's sudden appearance, the heavenly landscape painting becomes a "nauseating" Victorian oleograph; gem-like furniture turns into "plastic and varnished tin." No longer a treasure house, the world becomes "an infinitely sinister bargain basement ...