paint·​ing | \ ˈpān-tiŋ How to pronounce painting (audio) \

Definition of painting

1 : a product of painting especially : a work produced through the art of painting
2 : the art or occupation of painting

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Synonyms for painting


canvas (also canvass), oil, oil painting

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Examples of painting in a Sentence

They hung the painting in the living room. The woman in that painting is my grandmother. I like painting more than sculpture. He is studying abstract painting. She wants to devote all her time to painting. The room is ready for painting.
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An 1897 painting of the Jubilee Garden party shows an extravagant scene. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Historic Evolution of the Royal Family’s Grand Garden Parties," 29 May 2019 When Beyoncé and Jay-Z won a 2019 BRIT award earlier this year, the pair revealed a stunning painting of Meghan Markle in their acceptance video. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Reaction to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Tribute Is All of Us," 21 May 2019 Etsy shop Sacred Forests will whip up a personalized watercolor painting of either feline or canine companions. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Do I Want for Christmas? Take This Quiz to Find Out the Answer," 30 Nov. 2018 Kris Jenner's pillowy shoulder pads nearly distract from the realization that there's a painting of a much older version of her in someone's Calabasas attic. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Who Wore the Biggest Shoulders at the 2019 Met Gala? An Investigation," 7 May 2019 One of the works was a painting by Robert Rauschenberg that Scull had bought for just $900 in 1958. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Why is art so expensive?," 31 Oct. 2018 Ophelia, by Sir John Everett Millais, is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Towns has fashioned a series of paintings inspired by the Middle Passage and the brutal conditions aboard the slave ships. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 The announcement of the upcoming album, Egypt Station, named after one of the former Beatles’ paintings (see below) comes as extremely exciting news to fans who’ve been waiting almost 5 years for new McCartney music. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Paul McCartney Announces New Album 'Egypt Station,' Debuts Double Single: Listen," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of painting

: a picture that is painted : a picture made by putting paint on a canvas, board, etc.
: the art or act of making pictures using paint
: the activity of painting houses, walls, etc.


paint·​ing | \ ˈpān-tiŋ How to pronounce painting (audio) \

Kids Definition of painting

1 : a work of art made with paint
2 : the art or occupation of creating pictures with paint

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