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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Beware of fake coupons Con artists don't just try to impersonate the Internal Revenue Service. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 This was greeted by his fellow artists as an act of heroism, but Deluc doesn’t soft-pedal the raging narcissism at its core. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018 One of my favorite artists to watch on last year’s Warped. Chris Varias,, "10 not-to-miss bands at final Vans Warped Tour," 11 July 2018 Her other favorite artists include Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and, coincidentally, Janis Joplin. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Contestants Spill All the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the Show," 10 July 2018 Material with a purpose enlightens Reed, which has led to a few of his favorite artists being J. Cole and Frank Ocean. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Motivated Davon Reed looking toward redemption year with Suns," 10 July 2018 The City of Milwaukee Arts Board named Tia one of its 2018 artists of the year, and evidence of her skill at bringing people together to collectively design and create something beautiful is writ large throughout the city. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 July 2018 For listeners, if this trend towards overlong releases means subpar music from their favorite artists, well, too bad. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Drake's Spotify takeover shows how broken the music industry is," 3 July 2018 The Kardashian-Jenners has reportedly parted ways with their longtime makeup artist, Joyce Bonelli. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Why The Kardashians’ Makeup Artist, Joyce Bonelli, Has Reportedly Been Cut Off," 29 June 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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