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easel Line breaks: easel
Pronunciation: /ˈiːz(ə)l/

Definition of easel in English:


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A wooden frame for holding an artist’s work while it is being painted or drawn.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • An easel is literally a donkey, coming into English in the 1630s from Dutch ezel. The use is similar to that of horse in clothes horse, where the load-bearing object is likened to a beast of burden.

Words that rhyme with easel

diesel, teasel, weasel
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