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

Definition of artist

1a : 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
b : a person skilled in any of the arts I can't draw at all, but both of my children are very talented artists.
2 : a skilled performer a trapeze artist especially : a musical or theatrical entertainer : artiste a jazz artist
3 : a person who is very good at something a scam artist a strikeout artist
4a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts
b archaic : physician
c 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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First Known Use of artist

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 4c

History and Etymology for artist

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

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“Artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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