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 The symbolism of the flag, disarmingly straightforward, is, beneath the painting’s surface, subtly undercut. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Free World’ Review: Cold War Culture," 23 Apr. 2021 Now, scholars have recreated the iconic Impressionist painting with the help of an unexpected tool: lasers. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Use Laser Paintbrush to Craft Mini Version of van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’," 23 Apr. 2021 Videos provide insights into the history of and tips for brewing sake at Also hosted are videos on many subjects, including food, bonsai, painting and Japanese lifestyle at Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunday calendar: Community and entertainment events starting April 25," 23 Apr. 2021 At that point, Davis channeled his creative energies into painting and writing. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "'This place is gonna be a little smaller without him': Remembering a Phoenix punk legend," 22 Apr. 2021 New this year will be a bouncy house with inflatable slides, as well as balloons and a face painting artist. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family-friendly events return to Germantown, Lannon and Lisbon this year, including a festival, Taste of Germantown and outdoor concerts," 21 Apr. 2021 Compounding the painting’s visceral charge, the figures are frail and familiar rather than idealized. Washington Post, "The special intimacy of betrayal," 21 Apr. 2021 Hobbies such as sewing, painting and writing became new hallmarks of satisfaction and having had time at home to just be. Natalie Morin,, "Katie Holmes Celebrates Suri’s 15th Birthday In Sweet Tribute," 20 Apr. 2021 The acrylic canvas painting is inspired by members of the Ethiopian-Jewish community, Ethiopian folklore, and daily life in Addis Ababa. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz, "African collectors are driving global sales of contemporary African art," 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of painting was in the 13th century

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26 Apr 2021

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“Painting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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