Definition of paint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//peɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪnt//
    Interior décor, Art equipment
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a liquid that is put on surfaces to give them a particular colour; a layer of this liquid when it has dried on a surface white paint gloss/matt/acrylic paint The woodwork has recently been given a fresh coat of paint. Wet paint! (= used as a sign) The paint is starting to peel off. see also greasepaint, oil paint, warpaint See related entries: Interior décor
  2. 2  paints [plural] tubes or blocks of paint used for painting pictures oil paints See related entries: Art equipment
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from peint ‘painted’, past participle of Old French peindre, from Latin pingere ‘to paint’.Extra examples I’ll give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Old paint was chipping off the outside walls. Paint was peeling from the walls. Specks of paint found at the scene were found to match the accused’s car. The aircraft have been repainted in the original red and black paint scheme. The artist has used several layers of paint to create the stormy sky. The stove is available in two metallic paint finishes. We did a quick paint job on the car and hoped the damage wasn’t noticeable. a set of oil paints an artist working with acrylic paints The woodwork has recently been given a fresh coat of paint.
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