self-por·​trait ˌself-ˈpȯr-trət How to pronounce self-portrait (audio)
: a portrait of oneself done by oneself

Examples of self-portrait in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The self-portrait that emerges is one of relentless work: booze-free nights studying other songwriters at the Bluebird Cafe, building a company to pitch songs to stars, a writing practice that bordered on the sacred. Grayson Haver Currin, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Finally, the mirror: Bonnard’s justly celebrated (because so unflinching) self-portraits. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 The lineup includes a folky heart, a Saturn Returns, a traditional quilt pattern, a cardinal and a self-portrait of the singer herself. Anna Tingley, Variety, 26 Mar. 2024 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust The combination of these elements in Gutiérrez’s feature film directorial debut results in a refreshing narrative that is as introspective as Kahlo’s paintings, most of which are self-portraits. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 The landscapes hang across from a smaller self-portrait, and all are executed in a neoclassical mode. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 There’s a watercolor of a couple arguing in a restaurant in rich reds and greens, line drawings of friends and people on the beach, and two self-portraits. Zing Tsjeng, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2024 One of the self-portraits on view is by Anya Paintsil, a contemporary artist who draws on her Welsh and Ghanaian heritage. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 The artwork featured a drawing of the mom of two and a self-portrait of Stormi. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-portrait was in 1822

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“Self-portrait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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: a portrait of oneself made by oneself

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