Definition of “stencil” - English Dictionary

“stencil” in British English

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stencilnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsten.səl/ us /ˈsten.səl/

stencilverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsten.səl/ us /ˈsten.səl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

to draw or paint something using a stencil

(Definition of “stencil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“stencil” in American English

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stencilnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsten·səl/

a piece of flat material in which shapes or letters have been cut out, so that when you paint or draw over it, images of the shapes or letters that have been cut out will be left on the surface below, or the patterns or letters made by this method

stencil
verb [ T ] us /ˈsten·səl/

The back of the chair was painted solid black with designs stenciled in gold.

(Definition of “stencil” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)