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

Definition of artist

1a : one who professes and practices an imaginative art
b : a person skilled in one of the fine arts
2 : a skilled performer especially : artiste
3 : one who is adept at something con artist strikeout artist
4a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts
b archaic : physician
c archaic : artisan sense 1

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Examples of artist in a Sentence

the great artists of the Renaissance a pitcher who is a strikeout artist
Recent Examples on the Web Patricia Morales, director of young artist programs at Southwest School of Art, suggested a collage or a pop-up book. René A. Guzman,, "COVID-19 pandemic expected to close or delay summer camps, but you can create your own," 11 May 2020 That led to some readings and an internship at the Musical Theatre Factory, which helps develop artists in a collaborative, inclusive atmosphere. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit native, Cass Tech alum Michael R. Jackson wins Pulitzer for off-Broadway musical," 11 May 2020 Rawicki, who founded the StockImage photo agency, is a gifted artist who offers some 200 images of polar bears taken over many years. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "From dangerous predator to beloved Arctic icon: 2 books show shifting perception of polar bears," 9 May 2020 Fewer artists on stage would help reduce the cost of presenting a show, which could offset losses from the reduced number of ticket-buyers. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Arts venues will be among the last to reopen and must overcome some of the toughest hurdles," 8 May 2020 Songs from artists like Taylor Swift, Drake, Selena Gomez, and Queen are all available on the app. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Apps to Play With Friends That Aren't Lame," 7 May 2020 On March 13, the day after concerts and events started getting canceled in Milwaukee, Imagine MKE set up the MKE Artist Relief Fund to help artists who lost work. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imagine MKE raises $195,000, supports 423 Milwaukee artists, through MKE Artist Relief Fund," 7 May 2020 Gwen should probably start a side hustle as a hair and makeup artist. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Gwen Stefani Did Blake Shelton's Hair and Makeup for 'The Voice' and Honestly He's Never Looked Better," 6 May 2020 Doubles from about $870 Casa Delphine San Miguel de Allende has captivated writers and artists including Jack Kerouac and Frida Kahlo since the 1940s. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best New Hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central & South America: 2020 Hot List," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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The first known use of artist was circa 1507

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“Artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce artist (audio)

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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