Definition of colorist in English:


Syllabification: col·or·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈkələrist
(British colourist)


  • 1An artist or designer who uses color in a special or skillful way.
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    • I showed them examples of artists known as colorists, Paul Gauguin and Franz Marc, so they could see how one might choose to manipulate the viewer's eye.
    • She too was a pupil of Matisse and is regarded as one of the finest colourists among Swedish artists of her generation.
    • But he drew greater inspiration from studying the old masters in the Louvre, in particular such colourists as Rubens and Veronese.
  • 1.1A person who tints black-and-white prints, photographs, or movies.
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    • Many studios employed colorists to tint the images.
    • These are extreme examples of the magical effect colourists can have on film.
    • Korshev looked at film close-ups and, with a colorist's eye for khakis and ochres, painted a soldier who has lost an eye but stares unblinkingly at the viewer.
  • 1.2A hairdresser who specializes in dyeing people’s hair.
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    • Most salons that style men's hair also offer a colorist.
    • Schedule a consultation with a colorist to make your hair radiate.
    • I wouldn't even know what kind of salon or barber to go to for starters; it would seem weird to go to the same hair colorist as my girlfriend.

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