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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Yet Ocasek’s commercial instinct was always accompanied by the commitment of a true artiste. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Ric Ocasek and the Cars’ gleaming new wave did something surprising: It endured," 16 Sep. 2019 Matthew Weiner, the only showrunner ever to have been granted a Paris Review interview, is known as a dictatorial artiste. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 The offbeat poet or painter with her quirks and bohemian life style—the artiste, as one would say—for whom art is a means of emotional and mental survival in a colorless world. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and the False Dream That Art Will Fulfill You," 22 Aug. 2019 Supari’s animation division has also created music videos for Warner Bros Records, besides those featuring popular artistes such as Dua Lipa, Jason Derulo, and Nicki Minaj. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Mumbai-based startup may soon create India’s answer to The Simpsons," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of artiste

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Artiste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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chiefly British : a skilled performer

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