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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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 Kansas City midfielder Daniel Salloi failed to convert a sitter in the 62nd minute after Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark batted away a cross from Gerso Fernandes, but Benny Feilhaber gave Kansas City the lead just three minutes later. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers fight back to earn massive 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City," 7 Sep. 2019 Travelling with the Dachshund also means Sofoluke doesn’t have to pay costly kennel fees or find a dog sitter. Natasha Livingstone, USA TODAY, "Traveling with pets in Europe: No-deal Brexit would make crossing borders much tougher," 28 Aug. 2019 Travelling with the Dachshund also means Sofoluke doesn’t have to pay costly kennel fees or find a dog sitter. Washington Post, "Traveling with pets: No-deal Brexit would make it far harder," 27 Aug. 2019 Julia was a keen observer of life and loved watching people, observing the outdoor wildlife, interacting with family pets – most recently being a dog sitter and providing ample yummies for Peter and Rebecca's dogs., "Julia May," 21 July 2019 Having a sitter gives you a certain comfort and mental freedom, and can help keep things safe. Kevin Matthews, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Let’s talk magic mushrooms, Denver, now that they are decriminalized," 17 June 2019 In the first, Velázquez establishes a standard composition: A chest-length sitter dressed in black is seen in three-quarter view before a neutral background. Christopher Knight,, "Review: 3 Velázquez paintings alone are reason to go, now, to this San Diego show," 26 June 2019 The portrait—painted in less than a week thanks to the sitter’s ability to hold a pose—represents an opportunity to better publicize Enwonwu’s legacy. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Family Realizes Long-Forgotten Portrait of Their Mother Was Painted by Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwu," 31 July 2019

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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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