art·​ist | \ ˈär-tist How to pronounce artist (audio) \

Definition of artist

1a : one who professes and practices an imaginative art
b : a person skilled in one of the fine arts
2 : a skilled performer especially : artiste
3 : one who is adept at something con artist strikeout artist
4a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts
b archaic : physician
c archaic : artisan sense 1

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Examples of artist in a Sentence

the great artists of the Renaissance a pitcher who is a strikeout artist

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Tony DeLap, an artist who helped define West Coast minimalism, has died at the age of 91. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Essential Arts: Time to place bets on the Tony Awards. Hint — we’re into ‘Hadestown’," 8 June 2019 His diversity befits an artist who has worked with everyone from Bobby Darin, Frank Zappa and Professor Longhair, to Hank Crawford, Frankie Ford and Paul Butterfield. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dr. John, dead at 77: Revisit our 2017 & 1989 interviews with Rock Hall of Famer," 7 June 2019 In a perfunctory conversation, the two touched on subjects like his process and legacy, overcoming the stigma of being a celebrity artist and the importance of arts funding in public schools. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elton John Lyricist Bernie Taupin Opens Art Exhibit in Beverly Hills," 7 June 2019 An artist whose paintings adorn her home, Harriet attended the School of Practical Art in Boston and the University of Hartford., "Harriet Joyce Kei," 6 June 2019 An artist's rendering of a 325,020-square-foot industrial building being constructed on Bath Road in Elgin. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Works starts on two buildings off Randall Road in Elgin, adding 405,000 square feet of new industrial space," 6 June 2019 Dozens of wooden crosses lined Skyway Road, the main arterial into town, a handmade gift that commemorated each life lost in the fire from an artist in Chicago. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 Always an artist who delivers an intensely personal, even eccentric perspective, Morrissey uses the inevitable (though long-awaited) covers ritual for emotional and moral arousal. Armond White, National Review, "Morrissey’s California Son Makes Protest Music Personal," 5 June 2019 Sherman is the only true press-coverage artist, and his press experience is in Cover 3 zone more than man-to-man. Andy Benoit,, "The NFL All-Over-30 Team," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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The first known use of artist was circa 1507

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English Language Learners 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


art·​ist | \ ˈär-tist How to pronounce artist (audio) \

Kids Definition of artist

1 : a person skilled in one of the arts (as painting, music, or writing)
2 : a person who is very good at something

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