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painter

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[ peyn-ter ]
/ ˈpeɪn tər /
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Definition of painter

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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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English peyntour, pentour, paint(o)ur, from Anglo-French peint(o)ur, from unattested Vulgar Latin pinctor, from Latin pictor (noun derivative of pingere paint + -or2); see -er1

Other definitions 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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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English peyntour, pentre, probably from Middle French pentoir, variant of pendoir “rope, cord for hanging things on,” from Old French pentoir, penteur; see origin at pend, -er2

Other definitions for painter (3 of 3)

painter3
[ peyn-ter ]
/ ˈpeɪn tər /

noun

Origin of painter

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An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; 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

Word Origin for painter

C15: probably from Old French penteur strong rope
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