old master


noun

an eminent artist of an earlier period, especially from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
a work by such an artist.

Nearby words

  1. old man,
  2. old man and the sea, the,
  3. old man of the sea,
  4. old man of the woods,
  5. old man's beard,
  6. old media,
  7. old mine cut,
  8. old money,
  9. old moon,
  10. old nick

Origin of old master

First recorded in 1945–50

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British Dictionary definitions for old master

old master

noun

one of the great European painters of the period 1500 to 1800
a painting by one of these
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