Easel Ea"sel, n. [D. ezel ass, donkey, hence, easel, or G. esel; akin to E. ass. See {Ass}.] A frame (commonly) of wood serving to hold a canvas upright, or nearly upright, for the painter's convenience or for exhibition. [1913 Webster]

{Easel picture}, {Easel piece}, a painting of moderate size such as is made while resting on an easel, as distinguished from a painting on a wall or ceiling. [1913 Webster]

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  • easel — (n.) 1590s, from Du. ezel easel, originally ass, from M.Du. esel, from L. asinus ass (see ASS (Cf. ass) (1)); the comparison being of loading a burden on a donkey and propping up a painting or canvas on a wooden stand (Cf. SAWHORSE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • easel — [ē′zəl] n. [17th c. < Du ezel (Ger esel), ass, ult. < L asellus, dim. of asinus, ASS1: for sense, cf. Fr chevalet, easel, lit., little horse & SAWHORSE] an upright frame or tripod to hold an artist s canvas, a picture on display, etc …   English World dictionary

  • easel — [n] stand frame, mount, tripod; concepts 442,733,757 …   New thesaurus

  • easel — ► NOUN ▪ a wooden frame on legs for holding an artist s work in progress. ORIGIN Dutch ezel ass …   English terms dictionary

  • Easel — An easel is an upright support used for displaying and/or fixing something resting upon it.The word is an old Germanic synonym for donkey (compare similar semantics); its equivalent is the only word for both animal and apparatus in various… …   Wikipedia

  • easel — UK [ˈiːz(ə)l] / US [ˈɪz(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms easel : singular easel plural easels a frame used for supporting the paper or board that you are painting or drawing on …   English dictionary

  • easel — easeled, adj. /ee zeuhl/, n. 1. a stand or frame for supporting or displaying at an angle an artist s canvas, a blackboard, a china plate, etc. 2. Also called masking frame. Photog. a frame, often with adjustable masks, used to hold photographic… …   Universalium

  • easel — noun /ˈi.zəl/ An upright frame, typically on three legs, for displaying or supporting something, such as an artist’s canvas. Three sons … three! And not one sees fit to throw in with the old man. No … we have an easel painter, a stuntman, and a … …   Wiktionary

  • easel — noun Easel is used before these nouns: ↑painting …   Collocations dictionary

  • easel — ea|sel [ˈi:zəl] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Dutch; Origin: ezel donkey ; because an easel carries a painting as a donkey carries a person] a wooden frame that you put a painting on while you paint it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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