sit·​ter | \ˈsi-tər \

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 \

Definition of Sitter (Entry 2 of 2)

Willem de 1872–1934 Dutch astronomer

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Synonyms for sitter

Synonyms: Noun

babysitter, dry nurse, nanny (also nannie), nurse, nursemaid

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Examples of sitter in a Sentence


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

The new Three Lions captain poked John Stones' header across the line after it was palmed away by the Tunisian goalkeeper early on, but not before Raheem Sterling missed an absolute sitter., "Twitter Goes Into Meltdown After Harry Kane's Late Header Hands England Crucial Win Over Tunisia," 18 June 2018 The baby-sitter, identified in court documents as Alicia L. Woodman, is facing a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Missouri baby-sitter bites 7-month-old, police say. She's been charged with a felony | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018 The pole-sitter and last remaining team owner/driver finished runner-up, easily the best 500 performance of his career. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Will Power caps near-perfect May with Indy 500 victory," 27 May 2018 Alma looks like an ingénue in her 1907 Madame d’Ora portrait, shot when both sitter and photographer were still in their 20s. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 People can find professional pet sitters by visiting and Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Pet World: Dog Keeps Digging At Same Spot In Carpet," 14 June 2018 What ties together sitter and space is the artist’s brilliant command of color. Christopher Knight,, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 Sarr then missed a sitter at the back post, smashing a volley wide., "Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Lethal Los Cafeteros Edge Into Last 16 as Cissé's Side Crash Out on Fair Play," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of sitter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sitter was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sitter

: 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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