- a stand or frame for supporting or displaying at an angle an artist's canvas, a blackboard, a china plate, etc.
- Also called masking frame. Photography. a frame, often with adjustable masks, used to hold photographic paper flat and control borders when printing enlargements.
Origin of easel
1625–35; < Dutch ezel ass, easel (cognate with German Esel, Old English esel ass) < Vulgar Latin *asilus, for Latin asellus, diminutive of asinus ass1
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Examples from the Web for easel
The last drawing, he reveals, will be of Arthur sitting at an easel painting Denison.Forever a Golden Girl: The Art of Being Bea Arthur
July 14, 2014
On the easel sits a depiction of sun shining through trees, illuminating the grass below.
A photograph showed Bush hunched over an easel in what appears to be a home gym.
I went back to my easel and motioned the model to resume her pose.
While moving a framed canvas from one easel to another my foot slipped on the polished floor, and I fell heavily on both wrists.
She left the easel in disgust and refused to touch it again for a week.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Her easel was there, and her half-rubbed out drawing—No, that was not her drawing.The Incomplete Amorist
I'm afraid my scruples vanished when I got him before my easel.
She asked to see it, and I wheeled out the easel and threw the drapery back.
And it was there, 'on the easel,' that 'The Dead Child' at last made its appearance.His Masterpiece
- a frame, usually in the form of an upright tripod, used for supporting or displaying an artist's canvas, blackboard, etc
C17: from Dutch ezel ass 1; related to Gothic asilus, German Esel, Latin asinus ass
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Word Origin and History for easel
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