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old master

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noun
  1. an eminent artist of an earlier period, especially from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
  2. a work by such an artist.
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Origin of old master

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for old master

old master

noun
  1. one of the great European painters of the period 1500 to 1800
  2. a painting by one of these
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