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

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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Advertising In the hallway is a painting by Sanders’ aunt, Beth Galvin, an artist and the matchmaker who arranged the blind date. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 Jillian, on the other hand, has become one of the most popular makeup artists and hair stylists to the stars including Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and yes, even her husband. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About Patrick Dempsey's Wife and Three Kids, Answered," 21 Mar. 2019 Besides a totally unexpected young rap artist and the inclusion of John Legend, the Blind Auditions were basically business as usual—for everyone except Adam Levine. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Threaten Not to Vote for Adam Levine’s Team After Last Year’s Drama," 26 Feb. 2019 Writers and artists would be censured at the whim of government. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 The weekly Thursday evening Art Walk is the best time to visit, with folkloric dance performances and artists selling their work in the square. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 Next, Grammy-awarding winning artist Alessia Cara tries her hand at a 2000s lyric challenge. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Winner of "The Voice" Brynn Cartelli Dishes On What It's Like to Be On Tour with Kelly Clarkson," 25 Mar. 2019 The main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See 'American Idol' Judge Katy Perry's Most Controversial Moments on the Show," 3 Mar. 2019 Tonight, Burch will be joined by artists Marilyn Minter and Le’Andra LeSeur, as well as another boundary-breaking woman: Lilly Ledbetter—she of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Lilly Ledbetter Talks Ambition, Equal Pay, and Women in Politics Ahead of the Tory Burch Foundation’s Embrace Ambition Event," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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