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Definition of "oil painting" [oil painting]

  • A painting done in oil paints. (noun)
  • The art or practice of painting with oils. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "oil painting" in a sentence
  • "It was lavishly appointed, with heavy ornate furniture and an apparently well-stocked bar; but dominating the room was a hugh oil painting on the far wall, a portrait of the familiar face of Charles Tatenor — an almost photographic likeness of the man, complete with yachting cap."
  • "The grey, wistful eyes stared past his shoulder at the oil painting on the wall behind him, dimmed with age a little, but still showing clearly the golden-haired woman in her pale-pink lace gown, crinolined with a hundred and seven flounces."
  • "The desk was mounded with papers, and behind it hung an imposing oil painting of a classic, three-masted schooner under full sail trying to outrun a raging storm."