[ ahr-tist ]
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  1. a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.

  2. a person who practices one of the fine arts, especially a painter or sculptor.

  1. a person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.

  2. a person who works in one of the performing arts, as an actor, musician, or singer; a public performer: a mime artist; an artist of the dance.

  3. a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.

  4. a person who is expert at trickery or deceit: He's an artist with cards.

  5. Obsolete. an artisan.

Origin of artist

First recorded in 1575–85; from Middle French artiste, from Medieval Latin artista “master of arts”; equivalent to art1 + -ist

synonym study For artist

1. Artist, artisan, artiste are persons having superior skill or ability, or who are capable of producing superior work. An artist is a person engaged in some type of fine art. An artisan is engaged in a craft or applied art. An artiste is usually a skilled public performer.

Words that may be confused with artist

Words Nearby artist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use artist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for artist


/ (ˈɑːtɪst) /

  1. a person who practises or is skilled in an art, esp painting, drawing, or sculpture

  2. a person who displays in his work qualities required in art, such as sensibility and imagination

  1. a person whose profession requires artistic expertise, esp a designer: a commercial artist

  2. a person skilled in some task or occupation: an artist at bricklaying

  3. obsolete an artisan

  4. slang a person devoted to or proficient in something: a booze artist; a con artist

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