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

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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Alexander Rossi went around pole-sitter Colton Herta on the first lap and ran away from the field for a dominating second victory of the season. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: Scott Dixon ready to drive like he's got nothing to lose," 23 June 2019 The Israeli couple had left their then-6-year-old daughter home with a sitter for a night out at a club to celebrate Benny Benyamin’s birthday, according to a family attorney. Lisa J. Huriash,, "‘I’m devastated’: How police botched a DUI investigation after a crash killed a girl’s parents," 19 June 2019 Higuain stays on and then misses a sitter at the spot! Matthew Futterman And Andrew Das, New York Times, "Argentina Finds World Cup Salvation in Thriller Over Nigeria," 27 June 2018 Larry Gagosian was famous for calling fence-sitters 10 to 15 times a day. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Alyssa Bodeau, whose maiden name is Wold, worked for 1 1/2 years as a baby-sitter and nanny for Gesser’s three children before an encounter in 2015. Thomas Clouse, The Seattle Times, "Former WSU QB Jason Gesser resigns amid sexual-misconduct allegations," 18 Sep. 2018 In addition to the daily duties of motherhood, there was also the financial burden of Ubering across the city and paying for a sitter on top of the already pricey class fee. Leah Groth, Glamour, "Peloton’s Online Community Is Changing the Fitness Game for Moms," 9 Apr. 2019 Buy Photo Two nights a week, Jose and Maribel Martin leave their eight children to a sitter’s care and walk the streets of St. Charles Borromeo parish on a mission to energize the Roman Catholic church. Kristin E. Holmes,, "An evangelical Catholic movement inspires commitment, stirs controversy," 12 Jan. 2018 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

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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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