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 But where the Rembrandt painting shows the painter and only the backside of his canvas, de Heem chooses to show the back of the painter and, fully visible, his unfinished canvas on the easel. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Anthony Holdsworth comes to work on an electric bicycle equipped with a kind of trailer rig that holds an easel, lots of paints in tubes, a palette and lots of brushes. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2022 An easel held a black-and-white painting of two figures. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The atmosphere of the annual test was festive — tacos were served on flour tortillas, and young women with clipboards and straw hats tallied results on an easel. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 Tucked at the center of the exhibition are perhaps the most intimate and revealing images of Kahlo, showing her painting in bed with an inventive supine easel over her, her chin strapped to a contraption that helped elongate her spine. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 In an unusual format, Azmeh and five other Silkroad musicians will perform as Mourad works at an easel, with his drawings projected on the screen behind them. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 Cruz was so appalled by Anti-Racist Baby that he‘d arranged to have parts blown up and mounted on an easel. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2022 The artist depicts herself as surrounded by rich, colorful fabrics, dressed in stately black with white lace trim and poised to work at her easel. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 Jun 2022

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“Easel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easel. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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