artist

[ahr-tist]

noun


Nearby words

  1. artilleryman,
  2. artio-,
  3. artiodactyl,
  4. artisan,
  5. artisanal,
  6. artiste,
  7. artistic,
  8. artistic director,
  9. artistry,
  10. artless

Origin of artist

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

Can be confusedartisan 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for artist

artist

noun

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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Word Origin and History for artist

artist

n.

1580s, "one who cultivates one of the fine arts," from Middle French artiste (14c.), from Italian artista, from Medieval Latin artista, from Latin ars (see art (n.)).

Originally used especially of the arts presided over by the Muses (history, poetry, comedy, tragedy, music, dancing, astronomy), but also used 17c. for "one skilled in any art or craft" (including professors, surgeons, craftsmen, cooks). Now especially of "one who practices the arts of design or visual arts" (a sense first attested 1747).

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