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[lim-ner] /ˈlɪm nər/
a person who paints or draws.
an itinerant painter of 18th-century America who usually had little formal training.
a person who describes or depicts in words:
an essayist known as a fine limner of prominent people and their careers.
an illuminator of medieval manuscripts.
Origin of limner
1350-1400; Middle English lymnour, lymynour; see limn, -or2, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nor are the poet's words more adequate than the colours of the limner.

  • It does not matter in the least whence the word "limner" is derived.

  • Having, therefore, engaged the limner—for what else could I do?

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

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Great indeed is the power, marvellous is the mystery, of the limner's art.

  • Would that she could, or that a limner were here to depict your likeness.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • If that was not an acknowledgment of the limner's fidelity, what could be?

    Girlhood and Womanhood Sarah Tytler
  • It was as grim a picture as any limner of the weird could wish to look upon.

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • "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
  • "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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