1. an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Easel \Ea"sel\, n. [D. ezel ass, donkey, hence, easel, or G.
esel; akin to E. ass. See Ass.]
A frame (commonly) of wood serving to hold a canvas upright,
or nearly upright, for the painter's convenience or for
Easel picture, Easel piece, a painting of moderate size
such as is made while resting on an easel, as
distinguished from a painting on a wall or ceiling.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "easel":
air brush, art paper, brush, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas,
chalk, charcoal, crayon, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier,
fixative, ground, lay figure, maulstick, medium, paint, paintbrush,
palette, palette knife, pastel, pencil, pigments, scratchboard,
siccative, sketchbook, sketchpad, spatula, spray gun, stump,