art·​ist | \ˈär-tist \

Definition of artist 

1a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts

b archaic : physician

c archaic : artisan sense 1

2a : one who professes and practices an imaginative art

b : a person skilled in one of the fine arts

3 : a skilled performer especially : artiste

4 : one who is adept at something con artist strikeout artist

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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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Trump is corrupt, racist, relentlessly dishonest, and a veteran con artist. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats must resist Trump’s infrastructure trap," 9 Nov. 2018 Adjacent is the Cyclorama building, which had originally been decorated with works by Johnson’s Pop artist friends—except Andy Warhol, whose contribution was too controversial. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Their newfound happiness sent each artist into the recording studio. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Went from 'The Voice' Co-Stars to One of Music's Hottest Couples," 29 Oct. 2018 Songwriters and artists will now receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; the law will improve how songwriters are paid by streaming services, with a single mechanical licensing database overseen by music publishers and songwriters. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Silicon Valley may have a Saudi Arabia problem," 12 Oct. 2018 That mission, which SpaceX announced in February 2017, was to carry two people — presumably Maezawa and one artist — and launch by the end of 2018. Mike Wall,, "SpaceX Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire (and Artists, Too!) Around the Moon in 2023," 17 Sep. 2018 While Liza finds love with Josh, a tattoo artist closer to her daughter's age than hers, and an even trickier connection with her unsuspecting boss, Charles, her work always comes first. Bethonie Butler,, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 Their parents also escorted Ben and Moriah down the aisle to a chuppah painted by Moriah’s best friend Colleen, an artist., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 The artist will almost certainly be present to personally guide you through her collection. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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