ea·sel | \ˈē-zəl \

Definition of easel 

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

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Half an hour later, a bluebird painting on an easel appeared. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018 The poster lies near a theatrical red curtain, beyond which stands an empty canvas on an easel. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 11 July 2018 Cannon herself will be in the gallery every Friday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. painting at an easel in a corner and greeting visitors. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Stellaluna' author and artist celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit," 1 July 2018 To start one of her big cartoon-style paintings, Emily Fromm first clears off the kitchen counter to serve as her easel. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Artist’s life: Emily Fromm, painter of urban landscapes," 28 June 2018 Through her looks, Beyoncé is showing us that women are complex and transformative; and more that can be confined to an art easel. refinery29.com, "Beyoncé Lets Her Outfits Do The Talking In Everything Is Love's First Video," 17 June 2018 It was announced on Twitter and also proclaimed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace with a framed notice perched on a golden easel. Sylvia Hui, The Seattle Times, "Prince charming: Kate gives birth to boy, home by suppertime," 23 Apr. 2018 Although royal births are now announced on social media, the tradition of announcing the birth outside of Buckingham Palace on an ornate golden easel still remains. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "See the Official Royal Baby Announcement Outside Buckingham Palace," 23 Apr. 2018 Each group had a facilitator who kept the conversation on track and took notes on big pads of butcher paper on tall easels. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Memo to Mayor Bieter: Your growth-roundtable participants love Boise, not City Hall," 21 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of easel

: a frame for supporting an artist's painting


ea·sel | \ˈē-zəl \

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: a frame for supporting an artist's painting

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