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[peyn-ting] /ˈpeɪn tɪŋ/
a picture or design executed in paints.
the act, art, or work of a person who paints.
the works of art painted in a particular manner, place, or period:
a book on Flemish painting.
an instance of covering a surface with paint.
Origin of painting
1175-1225; Middle English; see paint, -ing1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paintings
  • Turner are represented by oil paintings, water colours and drawings.
  • The lock has been the subject of a number of paintings since it is very picturesque.
  • These paintings are known for their elegance, rich colors, and attention to detail.
  • Finally, dyes are used to add colors to the figures in the paintings.
  • Many had a good view of the eruption and paintings survive of their memories.
  • The paintings reveal a pleasant familiarity between the artist and his subjects.
  • Besides paintings the collection consists of a large variety of decorative art.
  • He is also credited with the architectural frames to his own paintings in toledo.
  • Oil paintings by his majesty the king are also exhibited here.
  • This is sometimes depicted in armorial paintings between the shield and the helmet.
British Dictionary definitions for paintings


the art or process of applying paints to a surface such as canvas, to make a picture or other artistic composition
a composition or picture made in this way
the act of applying paint to a surface with a brush
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Word Origin and History for paintings



c.1200, "that which is painted, a painting," verbal noun from paint (v.). From mid-15c. as "art of depicting by means of paint."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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