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artiste

[ahr-teest; French ar-teest]
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noun, plural ar·tistes [ahr-teests; French arteest] /ɑrˈtists; French ˈartist/.
  1. an artist, especially an actor, singer, dancer, or other public performer.
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Origin of artiste

From French, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at artist
Can be confusedartisan artist artiste (see synonym study at artist)
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Related Words for artiste

connoisseur, guru, doctor, authority, genius, scientist, professional, artist, inventor, artisan, composer, painter, expert, conductor, virtuoso, player, entertainer, performer, soloist, instrumentalist

Examples from the Web for artiste

Contemporary Examples of artiste

Historical Examples of artiste

  • An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I was willing to humour the poor fellow, who must have been as poor a manager as he had been an artiste.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He frequently spoke in verse when he wished to reprimand an artiste.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The Queens threw their bouquets to the French artiste, amidst applause.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • To the daughters of my master I give the artiste's name—why not?

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton


British Dictionary definitions for artiste

artiste

noun
  1. an entertainer, such as a singer or dancer
  2. a person who is highly skilled in some occupationa hair artiste
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Word Origin and History for artiste

n.

1819 in English, from 1804 as a French word, from French artiste; a reborrowing of artist, at first in a foreign context, later used to fill the gap after the sense of artist had become limited toward the visual arts and especially painting.

Artiste: an admirable word (albeit somewhat Frenchified) of late applied, with nice discrimination, to every species of exhibitor, from a rope-dancer down to a mere painter or sculptor. On looking into little Entick (my great authority in these matters), I find we have already the word artist; but with stupid English perversity, we have hitherto used that in a much more restricted sense than its newly-imported rival, which it is becoming the excellent fashion to adopt. ["Paul Pry's Journal of a Residence at Little-Pedlington," Philadelphia, 1836]
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