Definitions for portraitˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr-

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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"

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  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.]

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  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.

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

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