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

Definition of artist

1a : a person who creates art (such as painting, sculpture, music, or writing) using conscious skill and creative imagination the great artists of the Renaissance an artist specializing in watercolors
b : a person skilled in any of the arts I can't draw at all, but both of my children are very talented artists.
2 : a skilled performer a trapeze artist especially : a musical or theatrical entertainer : artiste a jazz artist
3 : a person who is very good at something a scam artist a strikeout artist
4a obsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts
b archaic : physician
c archaic : artisan sense 1

Examples of artist in a Sentence

the great artists of the Renaissance a pitcher who is a strikeout artist
Recent Examples on the Web When a fan presses play, the artist could get paid immediately. Sidney Swift, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 Grab your tickets to a sci-fi themed concert, go to the debut of a young artist’s work, drink wine and listen to opera, run for charity or attend the Ravens’ preseason opener. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 4 Aug. 2022 Mitchell Johnson, a Colerain Township father of five, stepped out of his comfort zone this spring and into the role of introspective artist. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 3 Aug. 2022 The structure and respect for the artist’s creativity. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 3 Aug. 2022 It’s the idea of a young Black artist walking into that venue and wondering if ANYBODY is on their side. Ben Flanagan |, al, 3 Aug. 2022 Replying to a tweet from Variety about the singer's decision to remove an ableist slur from her new album, Renaissance, the 49-year-old activist asked for another edit to the artist's oeuvre. Sam Reed, Glamour, 3 Aug. 2022 If the sample was indeed removed, then this is the second instance of the artist editing her work after receiving criticism — which, is a discussion for another time. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 2 Aug. 2022 Shortly after the artist’s comment, Candace took to her Instagram Stories to post the Bible passage Isaiah 12:2. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of artist

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 4c

History and Etymology for artist

borrowed from Middle French artiste "person practicing a craft, student of the liberal arts," borrowed from Medieval Latin artista "artificer, student of the liberal arts," from Latin art-, ars "acquired skill, art entry 1" + -ista -ist entry 1

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“Artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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