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: 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 Earning a set point and working Medvedev all around the court, Wawrinka's forehand sitter went a yard wide. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "US Open villain Daniil Medvedev keeps on winning, reaches semifinals," 3 Sep. 2019 Rover has grown to a network of more than 200,000 sitters in over 14,000 cities. Rachel King, Fortune, "Tips and Treats for Stress-Free Travel With Pets," 27 July 2019 Agents, who signed up for law enforcement on the border, say the crisis has almost overnight forced them to become baby sitters and detention officers, without any additional training. Dallas News, "Frustrated, overtaxed Border Patrol agents have this to say," 21 July 2019 In May of 1977, Colleen, a 22-year-old hitchhiker, is kidnapped by a young couple and spends the next seven years being their slave and baby sitter. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Scallop sitters look after cages of baby scallops in an effort to keep them safe through mating season. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Volunteer “Scallop Sitters” Are Working to Restore Florida’s Dwindling Scallop Population," 28 Aug. 2019 Either via browser or mobile app, dog and cat owners can look up local pet sitters and dog walkers within seconds, with near-immediate availability in some cases. Rachel King, Fortune, "Tips and Treats for Stress-Free Travel With Pets," 27 July 2019 Shumard notes that the group portrait had previously been exhibited in relation to two of its better-known sitters, abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Gerrit Smith. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 The striking images created of her and of others like her were drawing attention from fashion designers who realized that having a celebrated sitter dressed in one of their creations was an opportunity for mutual publicity. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 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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