grease·​paint | \ ˈgrēs-ˌpānt How to pronounce greasepaint (audio) \

Definition of greasepaint

1 : a melted tallow or grease used in theater makeup
2 : theater makeup

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At the same time, Mr. Timbers’s production, which features a strategically clichéd book by John Logan, translates the shimmery illusions of cinema into the grit and greasepaint of live theater. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Offers a Party, and a Playlist, for the Ages," 25 July 2019 The metal dashboard to the left of the steering wheel is covered in pink and blue greasepaint from where the dummy's head made contact. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This institute crash-tests cars to make us all safer," 29 May 2019 The solution, clowns say, is staring them in the face: Lose the greasepaint. Marie Simoneaux,, "Data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue targets customers' credit cards," 1 Apr. 2018 Take Sasha Lane’s wrapped dreadlocks, hovering ethereally over her head at New York’s Pier 36, or breakout sartorial star Katie Monster’s topknot, steadily accessorized with an XXL black bow and a fearless set of greasepaint eyebrows. Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Beauty From the Fall 2018 Shows," 8 Mar. 2018 Pennywise is one scary clown, a creature with red greasepaint stripes that trail from his eyes to his leering lips like bloody tears. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Slick and Entertaining, It Can't Match the Horror of Stephen King's Classic," 8 Sep. 2017 The legendary greasepaint rockers were slated to play the 21,000-seat building as part of their Kissworld Tour, but announced on Friday (May 26) that the show cannot go on. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Kiss Cancel Manchester Arena Show in Wake of Bombing," 26 May 2017 Ever eye the edges of his black mock turtleneck and wonder why they weren’t smudged with greasepaint during MacWorld? Megan Mccarthy, WIRED, "Steve Jobs Needs No Makeup," 20 Dec. 2007 But Gil and George breathe the oily, obsessive air generated by hot lights, greasepaint and outlandish, in-the-moment illusions. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Oh, Hello on Broadway," 10 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of greasepaint

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of greasepaint was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of greasepaint

: makeup worn by actors in the theater


grease·​paint | \ ˈgrēs-ˌpānt How to pronounce greasepaint (audio) \

Kids Definition of greasepaint

: actors' makeup

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