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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The short was hand-painted in watercolour by Disney’s senior principal artist Kim Raymond. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Given a Beautiful Gift From Disney for Their Son, Archie Harrison," 10 May 2019 The former studio of Anna Massey Lea Merritt, an American expat artist who lived and worked here, has been converted into a large, bright living space. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Victorian-Era Artist’s Studio Lists in Chelsea," 9 May 2019 In the past, Wales Bonner has drawn inspiration from novelist Ishmael Reed, Nigerian writer Ben Okri, artist James Hampton, and early 20th century Harlem. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet Grace Wales Bonner, the Boundary-Breaking Designer Behind Meghan Markle's White Dress," 8 May 2019 In a digital age when anyone with a phone camera can become a self-portraitist with a tap of a finger, perhaps the most provocative statement an artist can make is to turn their attention to a figurative medium dating back to ancient times. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "These New Cameos From Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie Are Worth the Flight to Venice," 8 May 2019 To get the above effect, nail artist Steph Stone used Essie Gel Couture is Gossamer Garments. Glamour, "Prepare to Be Obsessed With Confetti Nails," 8 May 2019 To top off a very busy month, Wales Bonner also teamed up with Solange and several other musical artists on a devotional and meditative experience at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City during Frieze Art Fair. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wales Bonner Is an Award-Winning and Meghan Markle-Approved Label To Know," 8 May 2019 However, usually artists are invited after a brand new release. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "4 Signs Shawn Mendes is Dropping a New Album Really Soon," 2 May 2019 Fancypants music critics have compared this cool, weird duo to lots of 1960s– and 70s–era artists, including Todd Rundgren and the Rolling Stones. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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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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