easel

[ee-zuh l]

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.

Nearby words

  1. ease,
  2. ease off,
  3. ease out,
  4. easeful,
  5. easefully,
  6. easement,
  7. easier,
  8. easier said than done,
  9. easiest,
  10. easily

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

Related formsea·seled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for easel

easel

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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Word Origin and History for easel

easel

n.

1590s, from Dutch ezel "easel," originally "ass," from Middle Dutch esel, from Latin asinus "ass" (see ass (n.1)); the comparison being of loading a burden on a donkey and propping up a painting or canvas on a wooden stand (cf. sawhorse).

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