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easel

[ee-zuh l] /ˈi zəl/
noun
1.
a stand or frame for supporting or displaying at an angle an artist's canvas, a blackboard, a china plate, etc.
2.
Also called masking frame. Photography. a frame, often with adjustable masks, used to hold photographic paper flat and control borders when printing enlargements.
Origin of easel
1625-1635
1625-35; < Dutch ezel ass, easel (cognate with German Esel, Old English esel ass) < Vulgar Latin *asilus, for Latin asellus, diminutive of asinus ass1
Related forms
easeled, adjective
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easel

/ˈiːzəl/
noun
1.
a frame, usually in the form of an upright tripod, used for supporting or displaying an artist's canvas, blackboard, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch ezel ass1; related to Gothic asilus, German Esel, Latin asinus ass
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Word Origin and History for easel
n.

1590s, from Dutch ezel "easel," originally "ass," from Middle Dutch esel, from Latin asinus "ass" (see ass (n.1)); the comparison being of loading a burden on a donkey and propping up a painting or canvas on a wooden stand (cf. sawhorse).

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