grease·​paint ˈgrēs-ˌpānt How to pronounce greasepaint (audio)
: a melted tallow or grease used in theater makeup
: theater makeup

Examples of greasepaint in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of greasepaint was in 1886

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“Greasepaint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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grease·​paint ˈgrē-ˌspānt How to pronounce greasepaint (audio)
: theatrical makeup

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