portraiture

[ pawr-tri-cher, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr trɪ tʃər, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

the art or an instance of making portraits.
a pictorial representation; portrait.
a verbal picture.

Nearby words

  1. portrait flask,
  2. portrait lens,
  3. portrait of a lady, the,
  4. portrait of the artist as a young man,
  5. portraitist,
  6. portray,
  7. portrayal,
  8. portress,
  9. portside,
  10. portsider

Origin of portraiture

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French; see portrait, -ure

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British Dictionary definitions for portraiture

portraiture

/ (ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə) /

noun

the practice or art of making portraits
  1. another term for portrait (def. 1)
  2. portraits collectively
a verbal description
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Word Origin and History for portraiture

portraiture

n.

mid-14c., from Old French portraiture "portrait, image, portrayal, resemblance" (12c.), from portrait (see portrait).

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