Definition of artist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärdəst/


1A person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
Example sentences
  • There he met all the other famous artists like Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and George Braques.
  • Cubist painting gave to artists complete freedom to deal with reality in art in any way they chose.
  • One bathroom featured a Thai Buddha while others were hung with paintings by artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
designer, creator, originator, producer;
old master
1.1A person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
Example sentences
  • Creative artists, screenwriters and filmmakers will need time to figure it out too.
  • Also, they all work in creative fields - artists, musicians, writers, architectural photographers, cartoonists.
  • The WSF was in some ways like a circus - a huge performing act with many artists, acrobats, entertainers.
1.2A person skilled at a particular task or occupation: a surgeon who is an artist with the scalpel
More example sentences
  • This was of course without the skilled crew of artists and technicians special effects departments deploy today.
  • Yes, his squad of highly skilled artists can weave beautiful patterns and cut a poor defence to ribbons, but we knew that anyway.
  • We have two positions for artists skilled in modelling and texturing.
expert, master, maestro, past master, virtuoso, genius
informal pro, ace
1.3A performer, such as a singer, actor, or dancer.
Example sentences
  • A former folk singer and recording artist, Lester introduces ten of the most beloved black blues singers with the voice and wisdom of an elder.
  • Local recording artist and singer, Michael English, who is a past pupil, was guest speaker and award presenter.
  • The AMI award for best male artist went to pop singer Rio Febrian while the award for best pop album went to singer Marcel.
1.4 [with modifier] informal A habitual practitioner of a specified reprehensible activity: a con artist rip-off artists
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  • All too regularly we carry stories detailing how con artists and thieves swindled and stole from householders.
  • The ex-husband, on the other hand, is one of those cardboard cutout con artist crooks whose rather simple death is more decent than he deserves.
  • The scheme, supported by the Evening Advertiser, was set up in Wroughton, a burglary hotspot, in August 2002 to combat the activities of con artists.


Early 16th century (denoting a master of the liberal arts): from French artiste, from Italian artista, from arte art, from Latin ars, art-.

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Syllabification: art·ist

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