paint·ing | \ˈpān-tiŋ \

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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In Room 32 of London’s National Portrait Gallery, sits Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, a 2009 painting by Nicky Phillips. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Palace Releases Never-Before-Seen Paintings of Prince Harry, Prince William, and More British Royals," 2 July 2018 In May 2016, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $57.3 million. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 The doors are framed by a painting featuring flippers launching a pinball into action. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Here's a Near Southside bar that's plunging into its pinball theme," 6 June 2018 That tuning raises the question of whether the models explain reality or merely mimic it, like a painting. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution," 30 May 2018 The painting is one in a trio of new murals that tourism agency Experience Scottsdale commissioned from local artist Lauren Lee, who is well known for her vibrant murals scattered throughout metro Phoenix. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "How Instagram is inspiring Scottsdale art for a new generation," 10 July 2018 Free face painting is on July 19 and 20, with free balloon making July 21 and 22. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Antioch Taste of Summer includes special needs carnival, sidewalk sales, six headliner bands," 3 July 2018 The paintings are like memories, fragmented and vague. Sharon Mizota,, "Kirsten Tradowsky: In turning photos into paintings, she blurs faces, races and the walls between us," 25 June 2018 Abstract painting is fun, engaging and very rewarding. Steve Sadin,, "Shout Out: Hillary Laff-Meyers, abstract artist," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to painting

cave painting

no oil painting

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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 \

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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