war paint

noun

Definition of war paint

1 :paint put on parts of the body (such as the face) by American Indians as a sign of going to war
2 :makeup 3a

Examples of war paint in a Sentence

  1. a picture of a chief dressed in a headdress and war paint

  2. She piled on the war paint.

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First Known Use of war paint

1826


WAR PAINT Defined for English Language Learners

war paint

noun

Definition of war paint for English Language Learners

  • : paint put on the face, the arms, etc., by Native Americans before going into battle



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