war paint


noun

paint applied by American Indians to their faces and bodies before going to war.
Informal. makeup; cosmetics.
Informal. full dress; regalia.

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Origin of war paint

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for war paint

war paint

noun

painted decoration of the face and body applied by certain North American Indians before battle
informal finery or regalia
informal cosmetics
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