easel

noun
ea·​sel | \ ˈē-zəl How to pronounce easel (audio) \

Definition of easel

: a frame for supporting something (such as an artist's canvas)

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Examples of easel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every week that the Senate was in session, Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, would tote the sign to the chamber, set it on an easel, and, before a hundred chairs—most of them empty—deliver a speech. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "A New Day for the Climate," 31 Jan. 2021 When attendees gathered in a circle to speak and pray, one spot was occupied by a poster board on an easel that had images and information for eight missing people. Author: Sam Ferrara, Anchorage Daily News, "Fairbanks community members gather for vigil to raise awareness of missing person, ask for help, pray for answers," 27 Jan. 2021 His easel and all of his paintings were destroyed in the chaos. Washington Post, "The freedom to assemble," 14 Jan. 2021 When Baldwin moved to the South of France, Delaney, who died in 1979, spent weeks sitting at his easel in the writer’s garden. New York Times, "The People James Baldwin Knew," 11 Dec. 2020 James Mattocks set up an easel to paint, sitting beside a barricade that separated him from rows of officers in riot gear. Washington Post, "The freedom to assemble," 14 Jan. 2021 The room, with 12-foot ceilings, has large windows with views from the Coronado Islands in Mexico to Point Loma, which Csanadi is painting in oils on the easel his father built. Sophy Chaffee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Serendipity strikes a chord for Imperial Beach house hunters," 14 Nov. 2020 While my show was on view, the museum gave me the opportunity to sit in the painter’s studio by his easel and palette and draw on my iPad. Liza Donnelly, Washington Post, "How New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly came to work in Norman Rockwell’s studio," 15 Oct. 2020 Lucky for Rylee, her math teacher happened to be a neighbor, and Mr. Waba, on the opposite side of a glass door, set up his easel and taught the lesson. James Barrett, Redbook, "Good News Report: Stories That Moved Us in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of easel

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for easel

borrowed from Dutch ezel, literally, "donkey," going back to Middle Dutch esel, going back to Germanic *asil- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German esil "donkey," Old English esol, eosol, Gothic asilus), altered from Latin asinus — more at ass entry 1

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13 Feb 2021

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“Easel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easel. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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easel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of easel

: a frame for supporting an artist's painting

easel

noun
ea·​sel | \ ˈē-zəl How to pronounce easel (audio) \

Kids Definition of easel

: a frame for supporting an artist's painting

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