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limner

[lim-ner] /ˈlɪm nər/
noun
1.
a person who paints or draws.
2.
an itinerant painter of 18th-century America who usually had little formal training.
3.
a person who describes or depicts in words:
an essayist known as a fine limner of prominent people and their careers.
4.
an illuminator of medieval manuscripts.
Origin of limner
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English lymnour, lymynour; see limn, -or2, -er1
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  • Visit it in his absence, and you may paint his portrait better than the limner who has placed his "breathing canvas" on the walls.

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • It does not matter in the least whence the word "limner" is derived.

  • Nor are the poet's words more adequate than the colours of the limner.

  • He was known for reasons sake to the people of the house only as the Frenchman limner.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • To turn now to another side of Stevenson—Stevenson the Artist, the artificer of phrases, the limner of pictures.

  • It was as grim a picture as any limner of the weird could wish to look upon.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • How flushed up the faded memories of camp and battle scenes, and dismal prison life; verily a picture for the limner.

  • "That is Wat the limner," quoth the landlady, sitting down beside Alleyne, and pointing with the ladle to the sleeping man.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “Would that I were a limner to paint you,” burst from the young fellow impulsively.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • "Do you know, I can never get over the idea that 'limner' is something immoral—indecent," said Val.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins

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