old master

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of old master

: a work of art by an established master and especially by any of the distinguished painters of the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century; also : such an artist

Examples of old master in a Sentence

  1. He is now recognized as one of the Old Masters of the Dutch school.

  2. their collection of old masters

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First Known Use of old master

circa 1684

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old master

Definition of old master for English Language Learners

  • : a famous and highly skilled artist; especially : a famous painter of the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century

  • : a work of art created by an Old Master


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