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Origin and Meaning of Easel

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ea"sel
A frame (commonly) of wood serving to hold a canvas upright, or nearly upright, for the painter's convenience or for exhibition.

Etymology: D. ezel ass, donkey, hence, easel, or G. esel; akin to E. ass. See Ass

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)

From Dutch ezel (“donkey; easel”), from Middle Dutch esel (“donkey”); (compare German esel (“donkey”), cognate with Old English eosol (“donkey”)), from Latin asellus (“young ass or small donkey”), diminutive of asinus (“ass, donkey”), ultimately from an unknown source in Asia Minor. Essentially, the stand that a painting is placed on is being likened to a donkey carrying a burden; compare horse (“a frame with legs used to support something”), as in clotheshorse and sawhorse.

  1. An upright frame, typically on three legs, for displaying or supporting something, such as an artist's canvas.

Fun Facts about the name Easel

  • When was the first name Easel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Easel is Friday, February 27th, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Easel? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Easel. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Easel: Your name in reverse order is Lesae. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eesal. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Easel born Jan 15, 1986

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-East approximately on 1450. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.