painter

noun (1)
paint·​er | \ ˈpān-tər How to pronounce painter (audio) \

Definition of painter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one that paints: such as
a : an artist who paints
b : one who applies paint especially as an occupation

painter

noun (2)
pain·​ter | \ ˈpān-tər How to pronounce painter (audio) \

Definition of painter (Entry 2 of 3)

: a line used for securing or towing a boat

painter

noun (3)
pain·​ter | \ ˈpān-tər How to pronounce painter (audio) \

Definition of painter (Entry 3 of 3)

First Known Use of painter

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1764, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for painter

Noun (2)

Middle English paynter, probably from Middle French dialect (Normandy) pentoir, penteur clothesline, from pendre to hang — more at pendant

Noun (3)

alteration of panther

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“Painter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/painter. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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