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Definition of "war paint" []

  • Pigments applied to the face or body in preparation for battle, as in certain tribal societies. (noun)
  • Informal Cosmetics such as lipstick, rouge, or mascara. (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 "war paint" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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."