paint·​brush | \ ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce paintbrush (audio) \

Definition of paintbrush

1 : a brush for applying paint

Examples of paintbrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is different about the current era of nude art is that women are often the ones wielding the camera or the paintbrush. New York Times, "Will Instagram Ever ‘Free the Nipple’?," 22 Nov. 2019 Some 44,000 years ago, an artist climbed high onto a cave ledge on an Indonesian island, paintbrush in hand. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "World’s oldest hunting scene shows half-human, half-animal figures—and a sophisticated imagination," 11 Dec. 2019 Picasso picked a paintbrush to produce masterpieces. Adam Baum,, "What we learned: Paul Scruggs sparks Xavier's best performance this season in a win over Towson," 22 Nov. 2019 Officials seized 54,352 paintbrushes made out of mongoose hair and 113 kilograms of raw mongoose hair. Sibi Arasu, Quartz India, "Art kills around 100,000 mongooses in India every year," 17 Nov. 2019 Except that this time, there are a hundred quills, and a thousand paintbrushes. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Rock Hall puts the tools in the spotlight with stunning ‘Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll’: Chuck Yarborough," 22 Nov. 2019 Over the years, the company has expanded its brand and bought other leading brands, such as Dutch Boy, Pratt & Lambert, Krylon, Valspar, Purdy paintbrushes and Miniwax. Grant Segall,, "History of Sherwin-Williams and Cleveland has been intertwined for 153 years," 12 Sep. 2019 Also photographed was a guitar and a paintbrush with the tagline What is art? Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 To cut out some to create Piglet's stripes, use fabric paint of a darker color and drag your paintbrush horizontally along the front of the t-shirt. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "13 Disney-Inspired DIY Halloween Costumes for Adults," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of paintbrush

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2020

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“Paintbrush.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paintbrush

: a brush used for putting paint on a surface


paint·​brush | \ ˈpānt-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce paintbrush (audio) \

Kids Definition of paintbrush

: a tool with bristles that is used to apply paint

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