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 Annie Sloan, who is famous for her Chalk Paint, is a British artist, color and paint expert and author of 26 books. The Washington Post, "Q&A: Annie Sloan on decorative paint," 30 June 2020 Clottee Hammons is an artist, activist, second-generation Arizonan and community builder. Nicole Ludden, The Arizona Republic, "Why Clottee Hammons felt Arizona 'never loved me' but came back to elevate Black artists," 30 June 2020 Even in the midst of so much good news, the artist, like all of us, is tasked with staying positive these days. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Teyana Taylor On Maintaining A Healthy Pregnancy During Protests," 23 June 2020 There’s a way to understand this as kind of a performance, an artist rejecting the niceties expected of her, particularly given her youth and her gender. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Ottessa Moshfegh’s Pursuit of Disgust," 23 June 2020 Paperboy Prince is a 26-year-old artist, rapper, and activist running as a challenger to Rep. Nydia Velázquez in tomorrow’s New York primary. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Brooklyn’s Paperboy Prince Is Running On Universal Basic Income & Spreading Love," 22 June 2020 The mural was painted by a local artist, Johnny Jones, according to Thomas. Carolyn Lindell, USA TODAY, "Mural, mural, on the wall: Texas small towns showcase daytrip-worthy paintings," 20 June 2020 The artist, known as Lek, was inspired by protests during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Black Lives Matter movement inspires a new art of protest and racial justice in American cities," 14 June 2020 The piece was one of a series of installations by the artist — who created similar piles out of chocolate and hard candy — that evoked cycles of depletion and regeneration. Los Angeles Times, "How a project to honor artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres devolved into an Instagram stunt," 5 June 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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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