- The definition of an easel is a standing frame used for holding something.
An example of an easel is what a painter uses to hold their canvas.
One type of wooden easel.
Origin of easel17th circa ; from Dutch ezel (Ger esel), ass, ultimately ; from Classical Latin asellus, diminutive of asinus, ass: for sense, compare French chevalet, easel, literally , little horse and amp; sawhorse
Origin of easelDutch ezel, ass, from Middle Dutch esel, from Latin asellus, diminutive of asinus.
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.