[ peyn-ting ]
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  1. a picture or design executed in paints.

  2. the act, art, or work of a person who paints.

  1. the works of art painted in a particular manner, place, or period: a book on Flemish painting.

  2. an instance of covering a surface with paint.

Origin of painting

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at paint, -ing1

Words Nearby painting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use painting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for painting


/ (ˈpeɪntɪŋ) /

  1. the art or process of applying paints to a surface such as canvas, to make a picture or other artistic composition

  2. a composition or picture made in this way

  1. the act of applying paint to a surface with a brush

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