war paint

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. war of the grand alliance,
  2. war of the rebellion,
  3. war of the spanish succession,
  4. war office,
  5. war on poverty,
  6. war party,
  7. war powers,
  8. war production board,
  9. war risk insurance,
  10. war room

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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