- a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.
- a person who practices one of the fine arts, especially a painter or sculptor.
- a person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.
- a person who works in one of the performing arts, as an actor, musician, or singer; a public performer: a mime artist; an artist of the dance.
- a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.
- a person who is expert at trickery or deceit: He's an artist with cards.
- Obsolete. an artisan.
Origin of artist
Examples from the Web for artist
No artist had ever done anything like that at an awards show.
To be fair, no artist had ever been asked to, or could have pulled it off if they had.
A 59-year-old retired subway train driver, who gave his name only as Artist, admitted that he had family members in the NYPD.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
On the other end of the spectrum, there lies an artist like Lena Dunham, who engages in a flaunting of the flawed self.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
He is my favorite Woodstock artist, the highlight of the entire festival.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
This artist, in the words of Lanzi, "was the first to see and follow light."
Eva Allen's brother, who is an artist, is illuminating one for me.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Of Rouquet's activities as an artist in England there are scant particulars.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Though a lover and possessed by his mistress Shakespeare was still an artist.
The winning of a battle is not enough to engage all our admiration; it must be won by an artist.
- a person who practises or is skilled in an art, esp painting, drawing, or sculpture
- a person who displays in his work qualities required in art, such as sensibility and imagination
- a person whose profession requires artistic expertise, esp a designera commercial artist
- a person skilled in some task or occupationan artist at bricklaying
- obsolete an artisan
- slang a person devoted to or proficient in somethinga booze artist; a con artist
Word Origin and History for artist
1580s, "one who cultivates one of the fine arts," from Middle French artiste (14c.), from Italian artista, from Medieval Latin artista, from Latin ars (see art (n.)).
Originally used especially of the arts presided over by the Muses (history, poetry, comedy, tragedy, music, dancing, astronomy), but also used 17c. for "one skilled in any art or craft" (including professors, surgeons, craftsmen, cooks). Now especially of "one who practices the arts of design or visual arts" (a sense first attested 1747).