portrait

[ pawr-trit, -treyt, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph: a gallery of family portraits.
a verbal picture or description, usually of a person: a biography that provides a fascinating portrait of an 18th-century rogue.

adjective

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

Related forms

por·trait·like, adjective
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portrait

/ (ˈpɔːtrɪt, -treɪt) /

noun

  1. a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, or other likeness of an individual, esp of the face
  2. (as modifier)a portrait gallery
a verbal description or picture, esp of a person's character

adjective

printing (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater height than widthCompare landscape (def. 5a)
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