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 Lavinia hanging her other nude sketches on every students’ easel was a classic way to take back her agency. Kristin Vartan, EW.com, "The Dickinson recap binge guide: Episodes 1-10," 11 Nov. 2019 In the shimmering water, these kayaks reflect into a cone shape reminiscent of paint blending on an easel, while mirrored on the other side is the brick of a nearby building. Lloyd Fox, baltimoresun.com, "Want to take better pictures? Learn along with highlights from our Fells Point photo walk.," 7 Nov. 2019 It was framed and displayed on an easel at the front of the store, according to CNN affiliate KGO. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A man walked into a San Francisco art gallery and left with a $20,000 Salvador Dali etching," 15 Oct. 2019 The easel was a gift from her corporate-lawyer father and soon made her a source of merriment among her savvier classmates at Yale’s School of Art, who knew that even figurative painters no longer used the rickety contraptions. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Her First Solo Museum Snow, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer," 15 Jan. 2019 And this particular Bob Ross happened to attend Gen Con this weekend, clad with his easel and paint brush. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Santa Claus, Chewbacca, creepy clowns and more: 21 of the best costumes we saw at Gen Con," 3 Aug. 2019 Buy it now: Play-Doh Super Color 20-Pack with 20 Different Colors of Dough Give a little learner three creative workspaces in one with this easel. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "Awesome kids’ birthday gifts you can get delivered next day — for free," 21 Aug. 2019 Plein air artists have been and continue to set up easels throughout Coventry Village and the town creating works that reflect the area’s beauty and character. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 2 Aug. 2019 Her black-and-white snapshots, which formed the artwork for each of the album’s singles, were displayed on easels around the room. Vogue, "Already a British Rap Wunderkind, Little Simz Is a Rising Photographer, Too," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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The first known use of easel was in 1596

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24 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Easel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easel. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of easel

: a frame for supporting an artist's painting


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

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: a frame for supporting an artist's painting

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