[ kuhl-er-ist ]

  1. a person who uses color skillfully.

  2. a painter who emphasizes color relationships in a work of art.

  1. a person who colors photographs.

  2. a hairdresser who is skilled in coloring or tinting hair.

  3. a musical performer or composer who is skilled in bringing musical color.

Origin of colorist

1680–90; color + -ist; compare French coloriste

Other words from colorist

  • col·or·is·tic, adjective
  • col·or·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby colorist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use colorist in a sentence

  • If a man is a timid colorist, a strong, even crude, under-painting will help to strengthen his color.

    The Painter in Oil | Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • He is certainly a skilful artist, a bold, seductive colorist, but above all he aims at effect.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • On the contrary, to a colorist the first question about everything is its color.

    Lectures on Landscape | John Ruskin
  • To the colorist the combinations here suggested are full of inspiration.

    Color Value | C. R. Clifford
  • A bad colorist does not love beautiful color better than the best colorist does, nor half so much.