easel

[ ee-zuh l ]
/ ˈi zəl /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM easel

ea·seled, adjective
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easel
/ (ˈiːzəl) /

noun

a frame, usually in the form of an upright tripod, used for supporting or displaying an artist's canvas, blackboard, etc

Word Origin for easel

C17: from Dutch ezel ass 1; related to Gothic asilus, German Esel, Latin asinus ass
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