Definition of "sepia" [se•pi•a]

  • A dark brown ink or pigment originally prepared from the secretion of the cuttlefish. (noun)
  • A drawing or picture done in this pigment. (noun)
  • A photograph in a brown tint. (noun)
  • A dark grayish yellow brown to dark or moderate olive brown. (noun)
  • Of the color sepia. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sepia" in a sentence
  • "Spooky will be posting more photos of the house, the ones she took in sepia, and I'll link to those tomorrow:"
  • "When For the Summer, a musical masterclass in sepia-toned regret, misfires and comes close to collapse, a heckler chastises him: "You mean to say you're not perfect?""
  • "My Canon has built-in sepia, so I will stay away from it."