[ ahr-teest; French ar-teest ]
/ ɑrˈtist; French arˈtist /

noun, plural ar·tistes [ahr-teests; French arteest] /ɑrˈtists; French ˈartist/.

an artist, especially an actor, singer, dancer, or other public performer.

Origin of artiste

From French, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at artist
Can be confusedartisan artist artiste (see synonym study at artist) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for artiste

British Dictionary definitions for artiste


/ (ɑːˈtiːst, French artist) /


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



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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