acryl·​ic | \ ə-ˈkri-lik How to pronounce acrylic (audio) \

Definition of acrylic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to acrylic acid or its derivatives acrylic polymers
2 : made or consisting of an acrylic an acrylic window



Definition of acrylic (Entry 2 of 2)

b : a paint in which the vehicle is an acrylic resin
c : a painting done in an acrylic resin

Examples of acrylic in a Sentence

Noun a painting done in acrylics
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Display plants and succulents like works of art in Blooming Tables’ waterproof side table, which is lined with an acrylic tub, a twist-to-open drain valve and a removable glass top for easy watering. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 One guest brought acrylic tumblers with our names painted on them, which kept the dishes down. Marni Jameson,, 22 Oct. 2021 The older boys wore Beatle haircuts or acrylic Beatle wigs. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Similarly, traditional gifts like a key chain, an acrylic magnet, wall art, or a fleece blanket can feel as cool as ever with a customized photo treatment. Laura Lajiness, Glamour, 5 Oct. 2021 Working mornings and afternoons, the artist made 50 acrylic paintings of the ocean, attempting to capture its look and mood in real time. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 The otters never have direct contact with guests and remain separated from them by acrylic barriers at all times. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2021 The largest pictures are acrylic paintings of market displays, rendered in a realistic, graphic-novel style. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2021 But the real prize was meeting Tariq Trotter, the rebel art kid who got caught making out with girls in the bathroom, who was somehow intrigued by Thompson and his geeky hippie jeans covered in acrylic paint. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This holiday show & sale includes ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography, oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings available for purchase. Mary Lou Cruz,, 24 Nov. 2021 The hundreds of thousands of acrylic nails used for the structure vary in size, from tiny toenail length to rectangular talon. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Even long acrylic nails require a specialized, fine-point airbrush system. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Last Supper series reaches crescendo with the massive acrylic on canvas executed between 1985 and 1986, borrowing from DaVinci and pop culture to examine human frailty and brawn and our complex associations with faith, materialism, and physicality. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The focus is a grand piano that's dramatic clear acrylic. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov. 2021 In this entryway, an antique dresser and gilded mirror establish classic appeal, while an acrylic table lamp and abstract artwork help keep the look current. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Nov. 2021 Our 16-by-20 acrylic painting ‘Memories of Spring’ was used to advertise 1998′s Art in the Park, which at around 5 years old, Summer was the youngest participantk. Lyndi Mcnulty,, 6 Nov. 2021 The setting proved especially resonant for Ana Teresa Fernandez, the artist behind On the Horizon (2021), an installation of six-foot-tall acrylic pillars filled with sea water. Marley Marius, Vogue, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of acrylic


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acrylic


borrowed from French (acide) acrylique, partial translation (with addition of the suffix -ique -ic entry 1) of German Acrylsäure, with acryl- from Acrolein acrolein + -yl -yl

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The first known use of acrylic was in 1843

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English Language Learners Definition of acrylic

: a material that is made from a chemical process and that is used for making many different products (such as clothing and paints)
: paints that contain an acrylic substance and that are used by artists


acryl·​ic | \ ə-ˈkril-ik How to pronounce acrylic (audio) \

Medical Definition of acrylic

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: of or relating to acrylic acid or its derivatives acrylic polymers



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