- paint applied by American Indians to their faces and bodies before going to war.
- Informal. makeup; cosmetics.
- Informal. full dress; regalia.
Origin of war paint
Examples from the Web for war paint
Historical Examples of war paint
They are in my chamber, together with the feathers and war-paint and the other things.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
Many of them were known to Chalmers as savages in feathers and war-paint.A Handful of Stars
Frank W. Boreham
The tonsure of his hair, the cut of his moccasins, his war-paint, enabled Carlos to tell this.The White Chief
He was a savage, in the war-paint and panoply of a Blackfoot brave.The Prairie Chief
They were not made hideous by war-paint, as Jack Cockrell was quick to note.Blackbeard: Buccaneer
Ralph D. Paine
- painted decoration of the face and body applied by certain North American Indians before battle
- informal finery or regalia
- informal cosmetics