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artist

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noun art·ist \ˈär-tist\

Simple Definition of artist

  • : a person who creates art : a person who is skilled at drawing, painting, etc.

  • : a skilled performer

  • : a person who is very good at something

Full Definition of artist

  1. 1 a obsolete :  one skilled or versed in learned arts b archaic :  physician c archaic :  artisan 1

  2. 2 a :  one who professes and practices an imaginative art b :  a person skilled in one of the fine arts

  3. 3 :  a skilled performer; especially :  artiste

  4. 4 :  one who is adept at something <con artist> <strikeout artist>

Examples of artist

  1. the great artists of the Renaissance

  2. <a pitcher who is a strikeout artist>



Circa 1507

First Known Use of artist

circa 1507

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