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

Examples of artiste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, Kelvyn Boy signed a record deal with Stonebwoy’s Burniton Music Group and, after releasing a handful of singles, won the Vodafone Ghana Music Award for unsung artiste of the year in 2018. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Rapper Kelvyn Boy On His Aim To Bring 'Ghana to the Grammys'," 7 Dec. 2020 All an artiste has to do is to find a reliable music distributor and get their music out on popular streaming platforms. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "How India’s indie musicians came out of Bollywood’s shadow during the pandemic," 4 Dec. 2020 Every episode one contestant is sent home, and at the end of the eighth episode the last artiste standing is the winner of the $100,000 grand prize. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "We’re extremely here for ‘Full Bloom,’ the ‘GBBS’ of elite floral design," 7 Nov. 2020 Its failure to set up an independent inquiry into the artiste’s killing further fuelled suspicion. Mulugeta G Berhe (phd), Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s escalating regional political crisis has roots in its federal system," 3 Sep. 2020 The multi-hyphenated artiste spoke with Quartz about moving his gigs online and his new dark comedy thriller Netflix series Hasmukh. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Lockdown or no lockdown, there’s no stopping Vir Das from making you laugh," 20 Apr. 2020 What stands out is that most of these musicians are largely unknown/unheard vernacular artistes. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "In India, the coronavirus outbreak has inspired some racist and sexist music," 10 Mar. 2020 Later in the day, domestic carrier GoAir, too, issued a similar statement against the standup artiste. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A comedian heckles a “nationalist” news anchor—and riles the Indian government," 28 Jan. 2020 Perrotta is more entertainer than artiste, but some writers are adept at sentences and some at character and Perrotta’s genius happens to be story. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "In Mrs. Fletcher, Porn Is the Path to Self-Discovery," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of artiste

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artiste

borrowed from French, "person skilled in art, skilled performer," going back to Middle French, "person practicing a craft, student of the liberal arts" — more at artist

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“Artiste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of artiste

chiefly British : a skilled performer

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