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gi·​clée | \ (ˈ)zhē-¦klā \
plural giclées

Definition of giclée


1 : a process by which high-quality prints (see print entry 1 sense 6b) are produced using an ink-jet printer Hayes' festival painting displays a coastal scene with vibrantly dressed people searching for oysters. The piece is printed using giclée, a process that involves squirting microscopic dots of ink onto fine-quality archival paper or canvas. The ink is actually absorbed into the paper, giving the piece a look very close to the original. — The Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) Sun-News, 12 Oct. 2006
2 or giclée print : a print produced by the giclée process The high end of inkjet printing is the giclée print … . The name is derived from the French verb “gicler” meaning to squirt, or more accurately in this case, an extremely fine spray of many different sized droplets. This application of overlapping dots of ink mixes, forming additional color combinations. The application of the inks in this printing process is so fine that there are no discernible dots or droplets on the final print.— Steven Bleicher, Contemporary Color: Theory and Use, 2012 Giclées are produced from digital scans of existing artwork. — Marjorie Wertz, The Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pennsylvania), 2 Oct. 2005

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