from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An upright frame for displaying or supporting something, such as an artist's canvas.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An upright frame, typically on three legs, for displaying or supporting something, such as an artist’s canvas.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A frame (commonly) of wood serving to hold a canvas upright, or nearly upright, for the painter's convenience or for exhibition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A frame in the form of a tripod for supporting a blackboard, paper, or canvas in drawing and painting; also, a similar frame used as a rest for portfolios, large books, etc.
- n. A picture small enough to be placed on an easel for exhibition after completion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)
Dutch ezel, ass, from Middle Dutch esel, from Latin asellus, diminutive of asinus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1596, from Dutch ezel ("easel"), originally ("donkey"), from Middle Dutch esel ("donkey"), from Latin asinus ("donkey"); from the comparison of a donkey carrying a burden and putting a painting on a wooden stand. (Wiktionary)