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painter1

[peyn-ter]
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noun
  1. an artist who paints pictures.
  2. a person who coats walls or other surfaces with paint, especially as an occupation.
  3. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Pictor.
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Origin of painter1

1300–50; paint + er1; replacing Middle English peyntour < Anglo-French peintour

painter2

[peyn-ter]
noun
  1. a rope, usually at the bow, for fastening a boat to a ship, stake, etc.
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Origin of painter2

1300–50; Middle English peyntour, probably < Middle French pentoir, variant of pendoir rope, cord for hanging things on. See pend, -er2

painter3

[peyn-ter]
noun
  1. cougar.
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Origin of painter3

1755–65, Americanism; variant of panther
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painter1

noun
  1. a person who paints surfaces as a trade
  2. an artist who paints pictures
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painter2

noun
  1. a line attached to the bow of a boat for tying it up
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Word Origin

C15: probably from Old French penteur strong rope
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Word Origin and History for painter

n.1

"artist who paints pictures," early 14c., from Old French peintor, from Latin pictor "a painter," from pingere (see paint (v.)). Sense of "workman who colors surfaces with paint" is from c.1400. As a surname, Painter is attested from mid-13c. but it is difficult to say which sense is meant. Related: Painterly.

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n.2

mid-14c., "rope or chain that holds an anchor to a ship's side," from Old French peintor, ultimately from Latin pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).

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