- a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph: a gallery of family portraits.
- a verbal picture or description, usually of a person: a biography that provides a fascinating portrait of an 18th-century rogue.
- Digital Technology. relating to or producing vertical, upright orientation of computer or other digital output, with lines of data parallel to the two shorter sides of a page or screen. Compare landscape.Compare landscape(def 8).
Origin of portrait
Examples from the Web for portrait
A portrait of him was done once in which the collar point was made to sit in its proper place.
All of which makes David Freeman's portrait of Hitchcock in his final days all the more poignant.
She slow-motion jogs through the courtyard, paints his portrait, and carves his name into a tree.Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned
November 10, 2014
This portrait reflects my personal experiences from childhood.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
She broods on a portrait of her mistress, happy that it cannot say “you are not mine.”Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Then there would be jewels such as she had longed for, a portrait by Chartran, she thought.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The portrait responded not; so I sought an answer for myself.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
His portrait hangs in one of the drawing-rooms of the Priory.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Some of the artists mentioned above were also portrait painters.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Where in his portrait gallery is the picture of a Drake, or even of a Raleigh?The Man Shakespeare
- a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, or other likeness of an individual, esp of the face
- (as modifier)a portrait gallery
- a verbal description or picture, esp of a person's character
- printing (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater height than widthCompare landscape (def. 5a)
Word Origin and History for portrait
1560s, "a figure, drawn or painted," a back formation from portraiture or directly from Middle French portrait, from Old French portret (13c.), noun use of past participle of portraire "to paint, depict" (see portray). Especially of the head and face of a person.