[ pawr-tri-tist, -trey-, pohr- ]

  1. a person who makes portraits.

Origin of portraitist

First recorded in 1865–70; portrait + -ist

Words Nearby portraitist

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How to use portraitist in a sentence

  • This week: Philip Larkin goes Hollywood, the portrait of a portraitist, and getting rich quick in China.

    Best of Brit Lit | Peter Stothard | April 2, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He's a great portraitist, and far more successful than Frieda, but he is genuine in his admiration of good work.

    A Top-Floor Idyl | George van Schaick
  • He was a portraitist who solemnly believed in the principle of decoration—character must take its chances when he painted.

    Visionaries | James Huneker
  • Franz Hals was on a level with Velasquez in respect of facility in execution, and like him seems to have been a born portraitist.

    Art Principles | Ernest Govett
  • It is well known that the famous sculptor is a remarkable portraitist.

  • As a portraitist, Titian's is the only name to be coupled with that of Velasquez.

    Franz Liszt | James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for portraitist


/ (ˈpɔːtrɪtɪst, -treɪ-) /

  1. an artist, photographer, etc, who specializes in portraits

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