art·​ist ˈär-tist How to pronounce artist (audio)
plural artists
: a person who creates art (such as painting, sculpture, music, or writing) using conscious skill and creative imagination
the great artists of the Renaissance
an artist specializing in watercolors
: a person skilled in any of the arts
I can't draw at all, but both of my children are very talented artists.
: a skilled performer
a trapeze artist
especially : a musical or theatrical entertainer : artiste
a jazz artist
: a person who is very good at something
a scam artist
a strikeout artist
obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts
archaic : physician
archaic : artisan sense 1

Examples of artist in a Sentence

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


borrowed from Middle French artiste "person practicing a craft, student of the liberal arts," borrowed from Medieval Latin artista "artificer, student of the liberal arts," from Latin art-, ars "acquired skill, art entry 1" + -ista -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 4c

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The first known use of artist was in 1563

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“Artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


art·​ist ˈärt-əst How to pronounce artist (audio)
: a person skilled in one of the arts (as painting, sculpture, music, or writing)
: a person showing unusual ability in an occupation requiring skill

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