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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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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Recent Examples on the Web There will be face painting, crafts, live music, ice sculptures and refreshments. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Two art exhibits and one frozen festival offer mid-January fun : Valley Views," 13 Jan. 2020 Under the label Pride, is a mixed media painting called AMA #WCW. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Heroes of Africa Triumphed Against All Odds," 13 Jan. 2020 The cover is a painting of militiamen shooting at tanks. Washington Post, "The mysterious assassination of an Afghan analyst with close ties to the Taliban," 25 Dec. 2019 There are even some abstract and 3D paintings from Swanson's personal work. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'21 years worth of weird treasures': Louisville art legend is closing his NuLu art gallery," 16 Dec. 2019 There will be face painting, a scavenger hunt, cookie contests, ornament decorating, gingerbread house contests, caroling, tree lighting, a live nativity scene, prizes and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 27 December festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 29 Nov. 2019 There are paintings which show Shiva and Parvati playing pachisi, while Mahabharata has Karna and Duryodhana’s wife playing ashta chemma. Mallik Thatipalli, Quartz India, "Children once learned ethics and life lessons from board games—then PUBG came along," 13 Nov. 2019 Along with a tour of the utility’s EcoCampus, there will be face painting, balloon animals and other lawn games. Burbank Leader, "Burbank area events: Author Nathalia Holt to discuss her book about women in animation," 22 Oct. 2019 There will be pumpkin painting, a costume contest, live music, a silent auction, a haunted house walkthrough for all ages, the return of The Monster Wheel Toss game, and more. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Halloween Havoc event at Manchester Skate Park will include premiere of street art wall," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

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“Painting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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