[pawr-tri-cher, pohr-]
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Origin of portraiture

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French; see portrait, -ure
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Contemporary Examples of portraiture

Historical Examples of portraiture

  • 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.


    Henry Peterson

British Dictionary definitions for portraiture


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

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

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