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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sepia (=used about a black and white photograph that has shades of brown, in a way that is typical of old photographs)
▪ an 1854 sepia photograph of Jonathan Pickering, the company founder
▪ Prominent among the pictures is an 1854 sepia photograph of Jonathan Pickering, the bewhiskered company founder.
▪ My aunts seemed very far away, faded, sepia photographs stuck in some childhood album.
▪ Like a subject of one of Edward S. Curtis's sepia photographs, her face is wrinkled but beautiful.
▪ My aunts seemed very far away, faded, sepia photographs stuck in some childhood album.
▪ Prominent among the pictures is an 1854 sepia photograph of Jonathan Pickering, the bewhiskered company founder.
▪ Sadly, it is far from clear where, if anywhere, industrial workforces fit in Mr Major's sepia notions of community.
▪ The patient's general state as well as her history of prolapse suggested that sepia be given.
▪ The photograph has faded, as fifties color photos do, to a kind of sepia.
▪ Under the same date, neatly inscribed in copperplate writing with sepia ink, was the name Sarah Byrne.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sepia \Se"pi*a\, a. Of a dark brown color, with a little red in its composition; also, made of, or done in, sepia.


Sepia \Se"pi*a\, n.; pl. E. Sepias, L. Sepi[ae]. [L., fr. Gr. ??? the cuttlefish, or squid.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The common European cuttlefish.

    2. A genus comprising the common cuttlefish and numerous similar species. See Illustr. under Cuttlefish.

  2. A pigment prepared from the ink, or black secretion, of the sepia, or cuttlefish. Treated with caustic potash, it has a rich brown color; and this mixed with a red forms Roman sepia. Cf. India ink, under India.

    Sepia drawing or Sepia picture, a drawing in monochrome, made in sepia alone, or in sepia with other brown pigments.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"rich brown pigment," 1821, from Italian seppia "cuttlefish" (borrowed with that meaning in English by 1560s), from Latin sepia "cuttlefish," from Greek sepia "cuttlefish," related to sepein "to make rotten" (see sepsis). The color was that of brown paint or ink prepared from the fluid secretions of the cuttlefish. Meaning "a sepia drawing" is recorded from 1863.


a. (context colour English) Of a dark reddish-brown colour. n. 1 (context archaic English) The cuttlefish. 2 A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish. 3 (colour) A dark, slightly reddish, brown color. 4 A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph.

  1. n. a shade of brown with a tinge of red [syn: reddish brown, burnt sienna, Venetian red]

  2. rich brown pigment prepared from the ink of cuttlefishes

  3. type genus of the Sepiidae [syn: genus Sepia]


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Sepia (color)

Sepia is a reddish-brown color, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia.

The word sepia is the Latinized form of the Greek σηπία, sēpía, cuttlefish.

Sepia (magazine)

Sepia, a photojournalistic magazine styled like Look and sometimes compared to Ebony, featured articles based primarily on achievements of African Americans. It was part of the rise of postwar publications and businesses aimed at black audiences. The magazine was founded in 1946 as Negro Achievements by Horace J. Blackwell, an African-American clothing merchant of Fort Worth, Texas. He had already founded The World's Messenger in 1942, featuring romance-true confession type stories of working-class blacks. Blackwell died in 1949.

George Levitan, a Jewish-American man born in Michigan, who was a plumbing merchant in Fort Worth, bought the magazines and Good Publishing Company (aka Sepia Publishing) in 1950. He changed the magazine's name gradually; in 1954 he named it Sepia, and published it until his death in 1976. He changed the name of Messenger to Bronze Thrills and had success with that for some time as well, also publishing black-audience magazines Hep and Jive. After his death, Sepia was bought by Beatrice Pringle, who had been part of Blackwell's founding editorial team. She continued it until 1983, closing it despite respectable circulation. It was always overshadowed by Ebony, founded and published in Chicago.

Sepia (genus)

Sepia is a genus of cuttlefish in the family Sepiidae encompassing some of the best known and most common species. The cuttlebone is relatively ellipsoid in shape. The name of the genus is the Latinized form of the Ancient Greek σηπία, sēpía, cuttlefish.

Sepia (restaurant)

Sepia is a mid-sized, upscale restaurant run by owner Emmanuel Nony and Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois (United States). Chef Zimmerman's menu is classified as New American cuisine, and focuses on local, seasonal products. Built in Chicago’s Warehouse District, Sepia was originally a print shop from the 1890s. The renovation for the restaurant, designed by Gary Lee, included putting in a custom-tile, Art Nouveau floor and hand-crafted millwork in order to enhance the historical qualities of the building. Sepia also uses vintage stemware for their tables matching the vintage interior decor of the restaurant.

Usage examples of "sepia".

It reminded me of a sepia painting I had once seen done from the ink of a fossil Belemnite that must have perished and become fossilized millions of years ago.

They transported her back to the open horizons of the great Karoo, for there were the same lion-coloured earth and sepia rockscapes.

They transported her back to the 63 open horizons of the great Karoo, for there were the same lion-coloured earth and sepia rockscapes.

Gautier is accredited with recording in 1890 the case of a boy of six in whom pigmented patches from sepia to almost black began to form at the age of two, and were distributed all over the body.

The woman dressed the rescuee in garments of a nondescript sepia huethick breeches, long-sleeved gipon, and thigh-length doublet corded at the waist.

The big sepia photomural of the Fall River plant above the directory, across from the elevators, looked just the same.

Prince Edward Theatre, a pitch he has known since it was the old London Casino, remembers eating three courses for one and thruppence in those sepia days, when the riot of bleached shop blinds gave the corner of Old Compton Street and Dean Street the look of a three-masted schooner in full sail.

In its sepia light, under warpaint of verdigris and climbing plants, plaques pointing to the mess and the heads and boiler rooms could still be read.

Then shadows moved up from the bruise-black depths, shading more and more of the writhing billows of cumulus and nimbus, finally climbing into the high cirrus and pond-rippled altocumulus, but at first the shadows brought not grayness or darkness, but an infinite palette of subtleties: gleaming gold dimming to bronze, pure white becoming cream and then dimming to sepia and shade, crimson with the boldness of spilled blood slowly darkening to the rust-red of dried blood, then fading to an autumnal tawny russet.

The yellow, sickly light of an Endpoint dawn seeped in through the small window in his office, tinting his vision a ghastly sepia.

The men have sepia nails and all somehow look toothless whether they have teeth or not.

A sepia and golden Tonkinese, her soft coat colored in a random watermarked silk pattern, she was much too elegant ever to be observed using the litter box, although I supposed she must be using it.

On the one hand, such technologies freeze memories with all the rigidity of old Victorian sepia family portraits, providing an exoskeleton which prevents them from maturing and transforming themselves as they would do if untrammeled and without constant external cues within our own internal memory systems.

Wyckoff Street over this seething backcloth, the grays and sepias of brick and iron and asphalt never completely concealing the rotted hues beneath, so that for all the carefully rendered detail, Wyckoff Street looked like a veil drawn over a more insistent and powerful reality.

The modern apartment blocks, the bright awnings over the balconies, the walls marked with acronyms of political parties, an occasional old sepia building with a terra-cotta roof.