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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The painting, then, is a memorial, an act of love, a statement of impossibility. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "This D.C. exhibition should be seen by everyone concerned about the migrant crisis," 13 July 2019 The contemporary design was built with art collecting in mind, as much of the house boasts ideal spots to showcase paintings, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics, and glass. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Art-filled contemporary in Santa Fe asks $4M," 12 July 2019 The family patriarch, N. C. Wyeth, is considered one of the most important illustrators of the early 20th century, having worked in a variety of media, including painting, illustration, murals and advertising. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "From Hollywood fashion to the moon: Summer 2019's best American museum exhibits," 12 July 2019 Reflecting memories and dreamscapes through narrative painting, my work gives voyeuristic glimpses into my life and identities. Martha Merrow,, "My Instagram: Isabelle Higgins," 11 July 2019 Each week, children will explore a theme through a different medium, such as collage, painting, papier-mache, ceramics and more. Shirley Macfarland,, "Brecksville Center for the Arts offers after-school art program for children: Talk of the Towns," 11 July 2019 In the work of Terry Allen, various mediums intersect: theater, painting, drawing and music. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019 The shows combine to provide a stunning array of paintings, drawings, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, fiber/beadwork and photography., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 6 July 2019 George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, for example, is cemented in popular imagination by Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 oil painting, a heroic and largely romanticized depiction of the 1776 event that was painted decades after the fact. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "What David Levinthal’s Photos of Toys Reveal About American Myth and Memory," 3 July 2019

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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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