Definition of portrait in English:


Line breaks: por|trait
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːtrɪt


  • 2 [as modifier] Denoting a format of printed matter which is higher than it is wide: you can print landscape and portrait pages in the same document Compare with landscape ( sense 2 of the noun).
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    • This allows you physically to swivel the screen to either landscape or portrait configuration.
    • The Rotate button spins the display into a portrait format, which can be very handy when you're reading a long document.
    • The seventh button toggles full-screen text input on and off, the eighth flips the display from portrait mode to landscape.



sense 1.
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  • Bernard was hugely influenced by the great portraitists - Rembrandt, Velasquez, Van Dyck, and our own Sir William Orpen.
  • Like Rembrandt, his contemporaries among the Restoration portraitists favoured fanciful mythological guises.
  • There is also an array of works in the show by established portraitists.


mid 16th century: from French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French portraire 'portray'.

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