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

Definition of sitter

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

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 When the house-sitter reentered the home, two bedrooms were found ransacked and cash was missing, police said. Pioneer Press Staff,, 22 Feb. 2022 Tawnya and her husband then raced out of their driveway to pick up their twins at a sitter’s home. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Your problem is with the owner of the lap, not the sitter on it., 20 Aug. 2021 The curvaceous armchair envelops the sitter almost like a hug. Laura Fenton, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Aug. 2021 Anyone prescribed ketamine at home should do so under the supervision of a therapist or a sitter to ensure their safety, and that person should not also take ketamine at the same time, said Heacock. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 21 Apr. 2022 McLaughlin started second but snatched the lead from pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist on the opening lap. Jenna Fryer,, 20 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Melinda drinks too much, undresses in front of the baby sitter, and stands atop a neighbor’s grand piano—not all at once, but almost. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Mar. 2022 Durand — a student at the University of Texas at Dallas who had been working as a dog sitter and walker — had met the dogs without incident prior to the life-altering attack, which unfolded the day before her 22nd birthday. Chris Harris,, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sitter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Sitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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

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Sitter biographical name

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

Definition of Sitter

Willem de 1872–1934 Dutch astronomer

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