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painter

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[ peyn-ter ]
/ ˈpeɪn tər /
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noun

an artist who paints pictures.
a person who coats walls or other surfaces with paint, especially as an occupation.
(initial capital letter)Astronomy. the constellation Pictor.

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Origin of painter

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

Definition for painter (2 of 3)

painter2
[ peyn-ter ]
/ ˈpeɪn tər /

noun

a rope, usually at the bow, for fastening a boat to a ship, stake, etc.

Origin of painter

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

Definition for painter (3 of 3)

painter3
[ peyn-ter ]
/ ˈpeɪn tər /

noun

Origin of painter

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1755–65, Americanism; variant of panther
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British Dictionary definitions for painter (1 of 2)

painter1
/ (ˈpeɪntə) /

noun

a person who paints surfaces as a trade
an artist who paints pictures

British Dictionary definitions for painter (2 of 2)

painter2
/ (ˈpeɪntə) /

noun

a line attached to the bow of a boat for tying it up
C15: probably from Old French penteur strong rope
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