sit·​ter | \ ˈsi-tər How to pronounce sitter (audio) \

Definition of sitter

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1 : one that sits: such as
a : a person who sits for a portrait or a bust Usually commissioned by the sitters themselves, some images straddle the line between individual portrait and genre scene …— Naomi Rosenblum
b : a person who takes care of someone or something in the place of a parent, owner, etc. pet sitters The next time you hire a sitter [=babysitter], remind your daughter what happened the last time and let her know that you are only a phone call away.— John Rosemond — see also house sitter
2a : an easy target a sitter for enemy submarines
b sports : an easy scoring or fielding chance … missed an absolute sitter in the 44th minute to keep the game scoreless.— Jamie Goldberg


biographical name
Sit·​ter | \ ˈsi-tər How to pronounce Sitter (audio) \

Definition of Sitter (Entry 2 of 2)

Willem de 1872–1934 Dutch astronomer

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Synonyms for sitter

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sitter in a Sentence

Noun They hired a sitter so they could go out. we'll be going to the movie if we can get a sitter for the kids
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My sitter cares for her 3-year-old granddaughter as well as her clients’ children, and her granddaughter pushes the littler ones. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Daycare bully worries working mom," 8 Dec. 2020 His sympathetic pastel portrait of Materne, done around 1880, draws attention to his sitter’s thick dark beard, which would routinely become drenched during the course of treatment. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020 Due to the timing of his team’s entry, Aitken was given the honor of starting on the outside of the front row and got a good jump on the final pace lap to swing down the track and clear of pole-sitter Lewis Strang to lead the first four laps. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Johnny Aitken, the winningest driver in IMS history, made his name in the Harvest Auto Racing Classic," 3 Oct. 2020 At the end of her shift, Zacarias trashes her protective gown and changes clothes before picking up her kids from a baby sitter. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: We’ve quit ringing the bells each night, but front-line workers are still risking their lives," 5 Dec. 2020 Nary a garbage-can gobbler or curb-sitter in sight. Amy Drew Thompson,, "New procedures, old favorites at Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival," 16 Sep. 2020 Consider hiring a pet-sitter, asking a friend or family member to watch your dog, or boarding them at a licensed facility. Matt Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything to Know About Flying With A Dog," 2 Nov. 2020 Now, after taking a closer look at the beloved Renaissance masterpiece, researchers have found evidence that Leonardo da Vinci actually relied on a charcoal underdrawing to render the sitter’s mysterious features. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Is There a Hidden Drawing Beneath the ‘Mona Lisa’?," 30 Sep. 2020 Antoine Hoppenot also missing a sitter on the other end. Kevin Johnston, The Indianapolis Star, "Rival Louisville City continues to have Indy Eleven’s number," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sitter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sitter

chiefly US : a person who takes care of a child while the child's parents are away
: a person who poses for a portrait or photograph


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