Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

portraiture

[pawr-tri-cher, pohr-]
See more synonyms for portraiture on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the art or an instance of making portraits.
  2. a pictorial representation; portrait.
  3. a verbal picture.
Show More

Origin of portraiture

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French; see portrait, -ure
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for portraiture

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • In portraiture, in scenery, in costume, he is simplicity itself.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • That was the end of portraiture in England until a new school arose.

  • He was recognised as being, in a certain style of portraiture, second to Lawrence only.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • Vandyke, Reynolds, Titian—he deemed these the great triumvirate of portraiture.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • And so I think it rather safer to leave the portraiture to the imagination of my readers.

    Dulcibel

    Henry Peterson


British Dictionary definitions for portraiture

portraiture

noun
  1. the practice or art of making portraits
    1. another term for portrait (def. 1)
    2. portraits collectively
  2. a verbal description
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for portraiture

n.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper