Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pigments applied to the face or body in preparation for battle, as in certain tribal societies.
  • n. Informal Cosmetics such as lipstick, rouge, or mascara.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pigments ritually applied to the face and/or body of a Native American warrior prior to going into a battle.
  • n. cosmetics, makeup

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. paint put on the face and other parts of the body by savages, as a token of going to war.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle
  • n. cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
  • n. full ceremonial regalia

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Examples

  • She was brought out on the plain, and Eissehaby, a noted chief, mounted on his swiftest steed, with all his war paint and equipments on, charged down upon her at full speed, turning aside only at the last moment, when she expected to be pierced through the body and trampled under foot.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • There was enough paint and feathers to outfit the whole Sioux Nation, the braves whooped and ki-yikked and brandished their hatchets, the roughriders curvetted, a stagecoach of terrified virgins was ambushed, the great man arrived in the nick of time blazing away until you couldn't see for smoke, and the Queen said it was most curious and interesting, and what did the strange designs of the war paint signify, my dear Sir Harry?

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Hubcaps went spinning across the floor as several figures emerged from the debris: a girl with alligator scars, several boys wearing war paint and feathers in their hair, and one boy in particular, in a pair of colorful tropical shorts, with sparkling eyes and zinc across his nose.

    May Bird, Warrior Princess

  • At the meeting, Asquith scribbled to Venetia Stanley, “Winston with all his war paint on is longing for a sea fight to sink the Goeben.”

    Castles of Steel

  • She was brought out on the plain and Essehaby, a noted warrior, mounted on his fleetest steed, with all his war paint and equipments on, charged down upon her at full speed, turning aside only at the last moment when she expected to be pierced through the body and trampled under foot.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • Behind him, the brutes were yelping in pain; plainly, their vaunted protective war paint wasn't much good against gully dwarf nails and teeth.

    Father Swarat

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