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paint
British English: /peɪnt/
American English: /peɪnt/

Translation of paint in French:

noun

  • 1 (gen) (Art) the paint on the walls has yellowed
    la peinture des murs a jauni
    all it needs is a fresh coat of paint
    il suffirait d'un coup de badigeon
    ‘wet paint’

also: paints plural noun

  • (Art)
    couleurs
    fpl
    why don't you get out your paints?
    pourquoi ne prends-tu pas ta boîte de couleurs?

transitive verb

  • 1 [literal]
    (wall, subject)
    peindre le portrait de
    (person)
    to paint something blue/green
    peindre quelque chose en bleu/en vert
    (Art) to paint something in
    (background, figure)
    to paint something on
    (varnish, undercoat)
    to paint something out
    peindre par-dessus quelque chose
    (face, figure, wallpaper)
    I'm going to paint a picture
    je vais peindre quelque chose
    to paint one's nails
  • 2 [figurative] (depict) to paint a rather gloomy picture of something
    brosser un tableau assez sombre de quelque chose
    to paint an unflattering portrait of somebody
    décrire quelqu'un en termes peu élogieux

intransitive verb

  • to paint from life/outdoors
    peindre d'après nature/en plein air
    to paint in oils/watercolours
    faire de la peinture à l'huile/de l'aquarelle

Idioms

he is not as black as he is painted

il n'est pas si méchant qu'on le prétend

to paint the town red

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