Definitions for Portraitˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr-

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Portrait

Princeton's WordNet

  1. portrayal, portraiture, portrait(noun)

    a word picture of a person's appearance and character

  2. portrait, portrayal(noun)

    any likeness of a person, in any medium

    "the photographer made excellent portraits"


  1. portrait(Noun)

    A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.

  2. portrait(Noun)

    An accurate depiction of a mood.

    The author painted a good portrait of urban life in New York in his latest book.

  3. portrait(Noun)

    a print mode or selection specifying the rectangle to be printed on having the vertical sides longer than the horizontal sides.

  4. Origin: From portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire, from protraho.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portrait(noun)

    the likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life

  2. Portrait(noun)

    hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words

  3. Portrait(verb)

    to portray; to draw

  4. Origin: [F., originally p. p. of portraire to portray. See Portray.]


  1. Portrait

    A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Portrait' in Nouns Frequency: #1568

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Singer Sargent:

    Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.

  3. Commitment To Excellence:

    Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.

  4. Todd Hochberg of Evanston:

    It is not a portrait of a dead child, but rather this incredible unfolding story of love and loss.

  5. Leo Sheng:

    I hope that my portrait can inspire those who have the ability to share their own stories to find their voices.

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