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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One tradition that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex maintained was that of a formal birth announcement, framed and set on an easel outside of Buckingham Palace. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Baby Sussex Is About to Have Some Seriously VIP Visitors," 7 May 2019 Despite the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the news of their son's arrival on Instagram, the royals also issued a formal birth announcement with a traditional easel placed at Buckingham Palace. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Baby Sussex’s Official Birth Announcement Differs from Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’s," 6 May 2019 In the dining room, Jayne had placed on an easel an 1810 picture by Louis Leopold Boilly depicting the great and the good of Napoleon’s court—including the artist himself—admiring the unveiling of David’s epic painting of their emperor’s coronation. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 Microsoft launched the Surface Hub 2S on Wednesday in conjunction with Steelcase, which is manufacturing the rolling easel that makes the Surface Hub 2S semi-portable—there’s even an optional battery attachment. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches its Surface Hub 2S collaborative PC for $9,000," 17 Apr. 2019 In 2012, Jordan Casteel and her mother drove across the country from Denver to New Haven, Connecticut, with a wooden easel in the back of a 2001 Subaru Outback. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Her First Solo Museum Snow, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer," 15 Jan. 2019 The 7-year-old daughter of Pink and Carey Hart showed off her artistic skills with the help of one very supportive easel: her baby brother Jameson Moon, 17 months. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Pink's Daughter Willow, 7, 'Tattoos' Her Baby Brother Jameson — See the Adorable Art," 22 June 2018 After the birth of a royal child, an official announcement is placed on an easel outside the palace. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Baby Be Born At Home? Plus, Other Bizarre Royal Birthing Rules," 15 Oct. 2018 His birth was announced on an easel outside Buckingham Palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis: Everything You Need to Know About Prince William and Kate Middleton's Third Child," 9 July 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 How to pronounce easel (audio) \

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: a frame for supporting an artist's painting

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