Definition of easel in English:


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  • A self-supporting wooden frame for holding an artist's work while it is being painted or drawn.

    ‘The show is also a wonderful time to watch artists set up easels and paint for the crowds or sign posters and books.’
    • ‘The artist's easel, paint box, palettes, paintbrushes and dried tubes of paint occupied a corner.’
    • ‘Here exhibited for the first time, it depicts a painting on an easel and a bird on the wing, the easel representing the artist and the bird in flight the liberating act of painting.’
    • ‘The easel is set diagonally to the right of the stool, just as the artist has his easel in Allegory of Painting.’
    • ‘All of it is made possible by the creative energy that is released each time Thomas sits at his easel to paint.’
    • ‘Among the gifts were gardening books, a new garden pond and an easel, artist's chair and watercolour paints, to help her with her new activities in retirement.’
    • ‘Abby nodded and grabbed the camera she usually used, and Chris followed her with an easel and some oil paints.’
    • ‘She is planning one more major adventure, but after that has promised her family that she will return to her easel - she paints watercolours using Chinese inks and paper.’
    • ‘Business is so bad that their son Graziano, a talented artist, has time to set up his easel and paint in the restaurant as well as work as a waiter.’
    • ‘Cai installed the works in a distinctly outdated mode, crowded together on wooden easels that evoke sidewalk art-fair displays.’
    • ‘With a huge white canvas on the easel before them, artists were called, one by one randomly, given a minute to convey his idea by a deft stroke in his chosen colour.’
    • ‘Rembrandt's drawing, a plan for a painting, is a simple sketch of the artist alone with his easel.’
    • ‘Hal Meah, a sketch artist who set up his easel at the fairs on our route, taught me how to draw.’
    • ‘Churchill, a frequent guest, often relaxed there with his easel and paints, while Rex Whistler contributed decorative murals.’
    • ‘They are shown in a large room, surrounded by other characters, including the artist himself, who stands at his easel.’
    • ‘Benton's early pictures were painted on easels and the pictures were expected to be framed and hung on walls.’
    • ‘This is where the town's Romeos parade up and down, its old men relax on benches outside the church, and artists work at their easels.’
    • ‘Her friends at the club would take turns posing in front of the easel, while Grotte and other art club members painted them.’
    • ‘The artist bent over the easel day and night, vigorously splashing paint here and splashing paint there.’
    • ‘A canvass was set up on the easel, paints on the table alongside.’



/ˈēz(ə)l/ /ˈiz(ə)l/


Late 16th century from Dutch ezel ‘ass’. The word ‘horse’ is used in English in a similar way to denote a supporting frame.