Definition: Painting

From New World Encyclopedia


Equivalent to paint, from Middle English peynten, from Old French peintier, paincter, itself from paint, the past participle of paindre, from Latin pingō (“to paint”) (perfect passive participle pictus), + -ing.


painting (countable and uncountable, plural paintings)

  1. An illustration or artwork done with the use of paint.
    The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings.
  2. The action of applying paint to a surface.
    The outside of the old house would benefit from some painting.
  3. The same activity as an art form.
    Some artists, like Michelangelo, excel in both painting and sculpture.

Usage notes

This word is also the present participle of the verb "paint."

Derived terms

  • action painting
  • body painting
  • cave painting
  • dot painting
  • drip painting
  • electrostatic painting
  • face painting
  • field painting
  • finger painting
  • fundamental painting
  • glass painting
  • hard-edge painting
  • light painting
  • matter painting
  • oil painting
  • sand painting
  • sculptured painting
  • text painting
  • tone painting
  • wall-painting
  • watercolor painting
  • word painting

Related terms


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