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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The captivating sitter is Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American hair stylist of West Indian descent. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "How a Texas family discovered they owned a forgotten Ben Enwonwu portrait valued at $200,000," 27 July 2019 Perfect for sideline spectating, backyard barbecues, camping adventures, and whatever else comes your way, the SwimWays Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair with Bug Guard features netting to help shield sitters from winged invaders. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Foldable Canopy Chair with Bug Netting Just Changed Summertime Sitting for Good," 9 July 2019 World Cup 2010 The now-iconic picture, where former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas saved Robben's sitter in the final, was probably the most enduring memory of the Dutch side in the 2010 World Cup., "Arjen Robben: 5 of the Greatest Moments in the Flying Dutchman's Career," 7 July 2019 That could include veterinarians, groomers, and pet sitters, Anderson said. NBC News, "Protecting your pets after you're gone: How to create a pet trust," 3 June 2019 If one sitter has shears in his hand and another holds an antique marble sculpture, these objects (though not the very ones in the paintings) are in the show. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "The Pure Portraitist," 9 May 2019 Newgarden's Penske teammates, Will Power and pole-sitter Simon Pagenaud, each looked strong as the three of them ran up front together early on. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Mother Nature plays part in helping make IndyCar in Iowa 'well worth the wait'," 21 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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