What Does Sepia Mean?


There are several definitions for the word sepia. The most notable is related to a color or shade used in art and photography. But there are some other uses of the word sepia, as of 2009, including as an acronym.


  • Sepia is a brown-violet pigment found in the ink of squid and cuttlefish. It is processed with hydrochloric acid and used in artist's drawing inks and watercolors.


  • Sepia tone is an effect photographers can apply to their photos using a computer program such as Adobe Photoshop. The sepia tone gives a photograph a brown cast and vintage feel.


  • SEPIA is an acronym for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy International Association. This is a member-based group for staff of academic libraries and their partners. SEPIA was formed "to support the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP)," an Internet-based humanities publication of Stanford University.


  • SEPIA Restaurant is a Chicago restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. It is located at 123 North Jefferson Street in Chicago, Illinois, as of 2009.


  • Sepia Records is a recording company based in London, England, that began in 2002 "to preserve the great recordings of our musical heritage" (http://www.sepiarecords.com/). The company provides to customers remastered CD recordings of artists such as Julie Andrews and Bing Crosby.

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