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  1. a person who paints or draws.
  2. an itinerant painter of 18th-century America who usually had little formal training.
  3. a person who describes or depicts in words: an essayist known as a fine limner of prominent people and their careers.
  4. an illuminator of medieval manuscripts.
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Origin of limner

1350–1400; Middle English lymnour, lymynour; see limn, -or2, -er1
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Historical Examples of limner

  • Nor are the poet's words more adequate than the colours of the limner.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2

    George Saintsbury

  • It does not matter in the least whence the word "limner" is derived.

  • Having, therefore, engaged the limner—for what else could I do?

  • He was known for reasons sake to the people of the house only as the Frenchman limner.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

  • Great indeed is the power, marvellous is the mystery, of the limner's art.