What does Portrait mean?

Definitions for Portrait
ˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr-por·trait

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Portrait.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. portrayal, portraiture, portraitnoun

    a word picture of a person's appearance and character

  2. portrait, portrayalnoun

    any likeness of a person, in any medium

    "the photographer made excellent portraits"

Wiktionary

  1. portraitnoun

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

  2. portraitnoun

    An accurate depiction of a mood.

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

  3. portraitnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Portraitnoun

    A picture drawn after the life.

    Etymology: pourtrait, Fr.

    As this idea of perfection is of little use in portraits, or the resemblances of particular persons, so neither is it in the characters of comedy and tragedy, which are always to be drawn with some specks of frailty, such as they have been described in history. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The figure of his body was strong, proportionable, beautiful; and were his picture well drawn, it must deserve the praise given to the portraits of Raphael. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Portraitverb

    To draw; to portray. It is perhaps ill copied, and should be written in the following examples portray.

    Etymology: portraire, Fr. from the noun.

    In most exquisite pictures, they blaze and portrait not only the dainty lineaments or beauty, but also round about shadow the rude thickets and craggy cliffs. Edmund Spenser.

    I portrait in Arthur before he was king, the image of a brave knight, perfected in the twelve private moral virtues. Edmund Spenser.

Wikipedia

  1. Portrait

    A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expressions are 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portraitnoun

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

  2. Portraitnoun

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

  3. Portraitverb

    to portray; to draw

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portrait

    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.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Portrait in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Portrait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Portrait in a Sentence

  1. Jean Guerrero:

    My book about Stephen Miller was independently fact-checked and my reporting speaks for itself, mr. Elder had the opportunity to speak to me for my column but his press secretary canceled on the morning of our appointment.I believe my column paints a nuanced and fair portrait of Mr. Elder, including a look at his moving relationship with his father.

  2. Roz Kidman Cox:

    This image is in one sense traditional -- a portrait. But what a striking one, and what magical animals, it is a symbolic reminder of the beauty of nature and how impoverished we are becoming as nature is diminished. It is an artwork worthy of hanging in any gallery in the world.

  3. Hatnim Lee:

    It's almost like if you have a barrier up, it makes you almost want it more, want to know them more. ... I ask( customers) for something so much more than their money. I ask them to be vulnerable for me or to share a piece of them with me. If you're taking a person's portrait, it's asking a lot of somebody.

  4. Edward Watson as Sargent:

    I think it's interesting that ... everybody involved is sort of victims of the piece of work, he is painting something which he thought was going to be great, she is posing for something which she thought would be the perfect portrait of her. So the interesting thing is what that work did to everybody.

  5. John Nye:

    The picture was remarkably unremarkable, it looked like a dark, discolored portrait of three people, one of whom is passed out.

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