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artiste

[ahr-teest; French ar-teest]
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noun, plural ar·tistes [ahr-teests; French arteest] /ɑrˈtists; French ˈartist/.
  1. an artist, especially an actor, singer, dancer, or other public performer.

Origin of artiste

From French, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at artist
Can be confusedartisan artist artiste (see synonym study at artist)
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Examples from the Web for artiste

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  • An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I was willing to humour the poor fellow, who must have been as poor a manager as he had been an artiste.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He frequently spoke in verse when he wished to reprimand an artiste.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The Queens threw their bouquets to the French artiste, amidst applause.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • To the daughters of my master I give the artiste's name—why not?

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton


British Dictionary definitions for artiste

artiste

noun
  1. an entertainer, such as a singer or dancer
  2. a person who is highly skilled in some occupationa hair artiste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for artiste

n.

1819 in English, from 1804 as a French word, from French artiste; a reborrowing of artist, at first in a foreign context, later used to fill the gap after the sense of artist had become limited toward the visual arts and especially painting.

Artiste: an admirable word (albeit somewhat Frenchified) of late applied, with nice discrimination, to every species of exhibitor, from a rope-dancer down to a mere painter or sculptor. On looking into little Entick (my great authority in these matters), I find we have already the word artist; but with stupid English perversity, we have hitherto used that in a much more restricted sense than its newly-imported rival, which it is becoming the excellent fashion to adopt. ["Paul Pry's Journal of a Residence at Little-Pedlington," Philadelphia, 1836]
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