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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Gonzo! will take a closer look at the professional and personal collaborations that Thompson enjoyed with the artists and photographers who were tasked with illustrating his work and articulating his unique voice through visual means. Speed Art Museum, The Courier-Journal, "This new summer exhibit honors the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson," 8 July 2019 Lay Lay, real name Alaya High, earned recognition from artists like Quavo and T.I. and stunned even daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres with her incredible skills. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Viral Sensation That Girl Lay Lay Rocks Essence Festival's Center Stage Like A Pro," 7 July 2019 The exhibition features work from some 150 artists, including Shepard Fairey, Banksy, the Guerilla Girls and Kenny Scharf. CBS News, "Graffiti beyond the streets," 7 July 2019 Massive hair, sky-high ponytails, and brow-high metallic shadows these are just a few of the '80s beauty staples makeup artists and hairstylists are experimenting with for Paris Couture week fall 2019. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "'80s Beauty Is Back, and It's Taking Over the Runway at Couture Week," 5 July 2019 From the depths of the sea to outer space, this year’s Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach promises to bring a variety of fine art from 140 Orange County artists. Faith E. Pinho,, "Laguna’s Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters return this weekend," 4 July 2019 Jason Statham, John Mayer and Diplo have all accepted challenges from mixed martial artists such as Max Holloway. Alexia Fernandez,, "Rogue One's Donnie Yen Pulls Off the Bottle Cap Challenge While Blindfolded: 'Feeling the Force'," 3 July 2019 Timbers says there are almost 80 licensed songs in the musical, from artists like Katy Perry and Adele to Cab Calloway and OutKast. Suzy Evans, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Moulin Rouge!' Stars Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo Go Deeper and Darker on Stage," 1 July 2019 Bob Ross's Happy Little Blanket for $17 ($17 off): Grab a warm and cozy piece of art from possibly the happiest artist to ever live. Wired Staff, WIRED, "ThinkGeek Items Are 75% Off, and Google Speakers Are on Sale," 29 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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