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[pawr-tri-tist, -trey-, pohr-] /ˈpɔr trɪ tɪst, -treɪ-, ˈpoʊr-/
a person who makes portraits.
Origin of portraitist
First recorded in 1865-70; portrait + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for portraitist
Contemporary Examples
  • This week: Philip Larkin goes Hollywood, the portrait of a portraitist, and getting rich quick in China.

Historical Examples
  • His brother Jean was known as a portraitist of great ability.

  • As a portraitist, Titian's is the only name to be coupled with that of Velasquez.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • The first duty of the portraitist is to generalize the expression of his subject.

    Art Principles

    Ernest Govett
  • A portraitist is a person who paints what other people don't think he sees.

  • Her eyes were not large, nor yet luminous; smothered fire would have been the verdict of a portraitist.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • He was a portraitist who solemnly believed in the principle of decoration—character must take its chances when he painted.

    Visionaries James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for portraitist


/ˈpɔːtrɪtɪst; -treɪ-/
an artist, photographer, etc, who specializes in portraits
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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