art·​ist | \ ˈär-tist \

Definition of artist

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

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Examples of artist in a Sentence

the great artists of the Renaissance a pitcher who is a strikeout artist

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These instructors have worked with some of the biggest artists in the industry, including Nine Inch Nails, Skylar Grey, The Mars Volta, and more. Popular Mechanics, "Learn How to Produce Pro-Level Music for Under $30," 31 Jan. 2019 Chopra tagged her makeup artist Pati Dubroff and hairstylist Ted Gibson as the geniuses behind the look. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Is Priyanka Chopra Channeling Sophie Turner in Her Latest Makeup Look?," 30 Jan. 2019 Following the news that Fortnite was being sued by multiple artists for the inclusion of various dances, including the Floss and the Carlton, Forza Horizon 4 has now yanked its own version of both emotes from the game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty's battle royale is free-to-try, Steam moved 15 exabytes of data in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 CWG’s group show, titled Dys-Functional, invites 14 of its artists, including Studio Drift and the fashion designer Virgil Abloh, to create site-specific works inside the elaborate Ca’ d’Oro palazzo. WSJ, "The Duo Behind Carpenters Workshop Gallery Is Challenging the Status Quo of Design," 16 Jan. 2019 This self-serving intimidation of SAG-AFTRA members is meant to limit their opportunities to be seen and honor the work of their fellow artists throughout the season. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Screen Actors Guild slams film academy for Oscar tactics," 15 Jan. 2019 While primping for the award show, the Westworld star displayed her voluminous, diffused curls defining her face, dramatic smokey topaz eyeshadow with a wink, while her makeup artist applied a soft pink lipstick with a lip brush. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Her makeup artist Mary Phillips added one more touch of neon green eyeliner to her lids to tie the whole all green everything look together. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Made This Middle School Trend Look 2019 Chic," 2 Jan. 2019 Music connoisseurs can now ask Alexa to track their favorite artists and set up a voice alert for when new songs or albums debut. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Alexa will notify you when your favorite artist releases a new album," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of artist was circa 1507

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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 \

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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