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


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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

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

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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

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Here, Edouard Manet also comes to mind — and not just in the Frenchman’s notable exploitation of portrait illumination from the side, rather than bathing the sitter in a uniform light, to throw a face into striking shadow. Christopher Knight,, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 The last Daytona 500 pole-sitter to win the race was Dale Jarrett in 2000. Mark Long, The Seattle Times, "Byron wins Daytona 500 pole, puts Hendrick up front again," 11 Feb. 2019 San Francisco, not surprisingly, is the most expensive place to find a sitter, with single child rates averaging $17.89 and $20.39 for two. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Are You Underpaying Your Babysitter? Check Out the Averages in Your City," 3 May 2018 Only the 21+ crowd is allowed to this day of brews and bread breaking, so call a sitter and get to sipping. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "New Chicago summer festivals for 2017," 27 Apr. 2017 His plan: Have the dog-sitter ship the pair as cargo from Dulles International Airport to France. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "When flying with your pet, going the proper route can come with a steep cost," 9 Mar. 2018 Last year, a dog in Las Vegas drowned while being watched by a Rover sitter. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Apps like Rover and Wag connect experienced dog walkers and cat sitters with people looking for help. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "6 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay Major $$$," 29 Nov. 2018 Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters, who make up to $45 an hour. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sitter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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