ar·​tiste | \ är-ˈtēst How to pronounce artiste (audio) \

Definition of artiste

1 : a skilled adept public performer specifically : a musical or theatrical entertainer
2 : an artistic or creative person

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Celebrities and the otherwise well-connected are largely spared this indignity, thanks to a) access to the top brow artists in the biz and b) regular appointments with said artistes. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "Rihanna Reportedly Has a Lookalike Model to Try Out Brow Looks, As You Do When You're Rihanna," 8 Dec. 2018 Federer’s the artiste, the effortless ballet dancer, grace on grass. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic," 29 June 2018 Yet her destiny is to produce twin beauties (Louise and Amanda Britto) who are the most special artistes of all. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 Hope explained that studying overseas in world-renowned conservatoires, before joining international companies, was the choice for many burgeoning classical music artistes. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Upcoming classical music performances in Houston," 10 May 2018 Such actions are part of a rich tradition, going back to the Letterist International, the crew of French artistes who invented détournement, the subversive reappropriation of capitalist iconography. Aaron Gell, Vanities, "Can These Street-Art Pranksters Really Rally the Resistance?," 2 Apr. 2018 Virtuoso bassist and funk, R&B, and yacht-rock genre-blending artiste Stephen Bruner’s set was a mind-blowing highlight at the Roots Picnic this year. Dan Deluca,, "Where you can see a rare Prince concert film on TV," 21 Sep. 2017 But Bliss and Rogers have this sophisticated and surprising handle on tone that makes their work stand out from the leading Millennial artiste's. Elisabeth Donnelly, Esquire, "The 2016 Canon: Search Party Shows How Our Obsession With the Truth Helps Us Find Ourselves," 15 Dec. 2016 Aronofsky longs to be thought of as an artiste like Polanski, so Mother! includes cynical sentiments about male indifference (far less subtly than Polanski did). Armond White, National Review, "Indulge Personal Neuroses," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of artiste

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of artiste

chiefly British : a skilled performer

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