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[ahr-teest; French ar-teest] /ɑrˈtist; French arˈtist/
noun, plural artistes
[ahr-teests; French arteest] /ɑrˈtists; French ˈartist/ (Show IPA)
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 confused
artisan, artist, artiste (see synonym study at artist) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • It's a very good thing in the artiste that the public does not exist for her at all.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
  • This opinion is highly favourable to the artiste and the art.

British Dictionary definitions for artiste


/ɑːˈtiːst; French artist/
an entertainer, such as a singer or dancer
a person who is highly skilled in some occupation: a hair artiste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for artiste

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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