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

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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 Rapper Rick Ross teamed up with abstract artist and luxury car designer Rich B. Caliente to customize a 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The idea for the cafe came from Sarah Luther, a neighborhood artist and former Nohl Fellow whose work has involved cultivating public gathering spaces, though never before a cafe. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 Montoya is a model, actor, makeup artist and public speaker, according to her Instagram profile, and is transgender and gender nonbinary. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 Tipon, an artist and nurse at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, turned to photography to process her heightened stress during the pandemic. Stephanie García,, 2 June 2021 Albert is an independent recording artist and founder/CEO of Swan Songs, an Austin, Tex.-based nonprofit that fulfills musical last wishes. Paul Grein, Billboard, 2 June 2021 These rustic wooden bungalows have been individually designed by a local artist and the interiors give off a distinctive Marquesan character. Stephanie Takyi, CNN, 2 June 2021 The campaign for the 41-piece collection, available in sizes 30A to 42H and XS to 3X, features some of the fastest rising stars, from Jazzmyne Robbins, a model and diversity consultant, to artist and activist MaryV Benoit. Eliza Huber,, 1 June 2021 Isbell, who lives in Nashville, has seven studio albums to his credit as a solo artist and four Grammy Awards. Mary Colurso |, al, 29 May 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Artist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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