[ pawr-trit, -treyt, pohr- ]
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  1. a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph: a gallery of family portraits.

  2. a verbal picture or description, usually of a person: a biography that provides a fascinating portrait of an 18th-century rogue.

  1. Digital Technology. relating to or producing vertical, upright orientation of computer or other digital output, with lines of data parallel to the two shorter sides of a page or screen. Compare landscape.: Compare landscape (def. 8).

Origin of portrait

1560–70; <Middle French: a drawing, image, etc., noun use of past participle of portraire to portray

Other words from portrait

  • por·trait·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for portrait


/ (ˈpɔːtrɪt, -treɪt) /

    • a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, or other likeness of an individual, esp of the face

    • (as modifier): a portrait gallery

  1. a verbal description or picture, esp of a person's character

  1. printing (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater height than width: Compare landscape (def. 5a)

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