Definition of colorist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkələrəst/
(British colourist)


1An artist or designer who uses color in a special or skillful way.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: col·or·ist

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