[ ahr-tist ]
/ ˈɑr tɪst /


Origin of artist

1575–85; < Middle French artiste < Medieval Latin artista master of arts. See art1, -ist

Can be confused

artisan artist artiste (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for artist


/ (ˈɑːtɪst) /


a person who practises or is skilled in an art, esp painting, drawing, or sculpture
a person who displays in his work qualities required in art, such as sensibility and imagination
a person whose profession requires artistic expertise, esp a designera commercial artist
a person skilled in some task or occupationan artist at bricklaying
obsolete an artisan
slang a person devoted to or proficient in somethinga booze artist; a con artist
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