painting

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Taking these classes reignited Araquette’s passion for fine art and refined her skills in painting in the neo-classical realism style (think old masters). Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Michele Araquette turned from finance to fine art, created interior design businesses," 16 Sep. 2019 In Sherald’s painting, Michelle sits sideways and turns outward, with her arms bare and her chin resting lightly on the back of one hand. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Amy Sherald Effect," 16 Sep. 2019 My own eyes and breasts and legs and feet, misshapen and rearranged like in a cubist painting. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 Loving Vincent This 2017 movie about the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh was entirely created with oil paintings, done in a few styles but most notably in the style of Van Gogh himself. Mehera Bonner And Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "25 Animated Movies Every Adult Should Watch," 5 Sep. 2019 There will also be face painting, music and food for purchase. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "These are the 22 best things to do with kids around Indianapolis in September," 3 Sep. 2019 The Hallucinations, a lot of the guys started to get back in painting. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Wolf on roads traveled, friendships made, and those early Boston days," 22 Aug. 2019 At a spiritual retreat organized by the school, the boys have fun acting out a flagellation depicted in a painting in one of the bedrooms. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 Only 12% of those surveyed supported destroying the painting, which consists of 13 frescoes. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "The people want Washington High mural to stay — school official not swayed," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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More Definitions for painting

painting

noun

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.

painting

noun
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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