- an artist, especially an actor, singer, dancer, or other public performer.
Origin of artiste
Examples from the Web for artiste
After seeing Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova perform in Cairo, Iolas knew he wanted to be an artiste.Alexander Iolas: The Secret King of Surrealism
March 7, 2014
He hated actually dealing with business matters, preferring to play the role of the likable artiste.Spielberg's Shattered Dream
May 3, 2010
She's the season's pleasant surprise—Hollywood's favorite sexy-tomboy turned serious artiste.Oscar's Diva Smackdown!
February 8, 2010
An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.
I was willing to humour the poor fellow, who must have been as poor a manager as he had been an artiste.
He frequently spoke in verse when he wished to reprimand an artiste.
The Queens threw their bouquets to the French artiste, amidst applause.
To the daughters of my master I give the artiste's name—why not?The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
- an entertainer, such as a singer or dancer
- a person who is highly skilled in some occupationa hair artiste
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]