[ peyn-ting ]
/ ˈpeɪn tɪŋ /


a picture or design executed in paints.
the act, art, or work of a person who paints.
the works of art painted in a particular manner, place, or period: a book on Flemish painting.
an instance of covering a surface with paint.

Origin of painting

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

Definition for painting (2 of 2)


[ peynt ]
/ peɪnt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of paint

1200–50; Middle English peinten (v.) < Old French peint, past participle of peindre < Latin pingere to paint; see picture

Related forms

paint·a·ble, adjectivepaint·less, adjectiveout·paint, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for painting (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpeɪntɪŋ) /


the art or process of applying paints to a surface such as canvas, to make a picture or other artistic composition
a composition or picture made in this way
the act of applying paint to a surface with a brush

British Dictionary definitions for painting (2 of 2)


/ (peɪnt) /



Derived Forms

painty, adjective

Word Origin for paint

C13: from Old French peint painted, from peindre to paint, from Latin pingere to paint, adorn
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Medicine definitions for painting


[ pānt ]


A solution or suspension of one or more medicaments applied to the skin with a brush or large applicator.


To apply medicine to; swab.
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