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

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Crowquill, by artist Ted Crow, appears Wednesdays and Sundays in The Plain Dealer and on, "Cleveland Indians hanging in there despite injuries, illness: Crowquill," 1 Sep. 2019 As far as collaborations go, the work of BTS with other artists reigns supreme. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fans Speculated That Jungkook of BTS and Justin Bieber Are Possibly Collaborating on Something," 1 Sep. 2019 Watch a mini-parade of antique tractors at 2 p.m. and visit with artists at a plein air art show. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Artrageous Weekend, BeatleFest, Streetcar Day and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 1 Sep. 2019 On Display in the Walled City: Nigeria at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924–1925 38 objects by male and female Nigerian artists from the Fowler’s Wellcome Collection. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Museums in L.A. this week: Nigerian artworks at the Fowler Museum and more," 1 Sep. 2019 The Elm City Brew Festival returns to New Haven’s College Street Music Hall Nov. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring more than 50 breweries, food vendors and music by local artists. Leeanne Griffin,, "Here’s where you’ll find Connecticut’s fall beer festivals from now to mid-November," 30 Aug. 2019 Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you're supposed to somehow find the best ones. Kat Bein, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Elax, Skream & More," 30 Aug. 2019 The whole show happens in a former gas station at East Elmira and North St. Mary’s streets, next to an Interstate 35 underpass with muraled columns painted by 16 local artists. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Fontaine’s Southern Diner & Bar finds 2-star comfort zone near the Pearl," 29 Aug. 2019 Artwork Soefer has collected since college hangs in the living room, including a lacquer-on-wood painting of a Vietnamese woman by the artist Bui Huu Hung placed prominently above the fireplace. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How a Sad 1920s House Was Restored to a Colorful, Pattern-Filled Home," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of artist

circa 1507, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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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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