portrayal, portraiture, portrait(noun)
a word picture of a person's appearance and character
any likeness of a person, in any medium
"the photographer made excellent portraits"
A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.
An accurate depiction of a mood.
The author painted a good portrait of urban life in New York in his latest book.
a print mode or selection specifying the rectangle to be printed on having the vertical sides longer than the horizontal sides.
Origin: From portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire, from protraho.
the likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life
hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words
to portray; to draw
Origin: [F., originally p. p. of portraire to portray. See Portray.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pōr′trāt, n. the likeness of a person, esp. of his face: a vivid description in words.—v.t. (obs.) to portray.—ns. Por′traitist, a portrait-painter; Por′traiture, a likeness: the drawing of portraits, or describing in words: a collection of pictures.—v.t. Portray (pōr-trā′), to paint or draw the likeness of: to describe in words: (obs.) to adorn.—ns. Portray′al, the act of portraying; Portray′er.—Composite portraits, a method of indicating the facial characteristics of a family or group of persons, while at the same time suppressing the peculiarities of individual members. [O. Fr. portrait, portraire—L. pro, forth, trahĕre, to draw.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'portrait' in Nouns Frequency: #1568
The numerical value of portrait in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of portrait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
It is not a portrait of a dead child, but rather this incredible unfolding story of love and loss.
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
I meet families at the most difficult time, it is not a portrait of a dead child, but rather this incredible unfolding story of love and loss.
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Translations for portrait
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- بورتريه, صورةArabic
- retratCatalan, Valencian
- podobizna, portrétCzech
- portræt, kontrafejDanish
- Portrait, PorträtGerman
- κατακόρυφος, πορτραίτο, προσανατολισμός, προσωπογραφίαGreek
- پرتره, تصویرPersian
- potretti, muotokuvaFinnish
- arckép, portréHungarian
- պատկեր, դիմանկարArmenian
- 画像, 肖像Japanese
- სურათი, პორტრეტიGeorgian
- 그림, 초상Korean
- PortraitLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- портрет, опис, слика, приказMacedonian
- portrettNorwegian Nynorsk
- [[портретный, изображение, портрет, описаниеRussian
- portret, портретSerbo-Croatian
- điển hình, hình ảnh, ảnh chân dungVietnamese
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