What does portrait mean?

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

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. portrait(Noun)

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

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

  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.

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

  3. portrait(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Portrait(noun)

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

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

  3. Portrait(verb)

    to portray; to draw

    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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Numerology

  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. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

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

  2. John Lewis:

    I can bear witness that the portrait painted of that time and place in our history is very real, it's seared in my memory, black men and women, our brothers and sisters, treated as second class citizens, threatened for raising their families or earning a living, beaten and sometimes killed for the crime of trying to live a life with dignity. Our nation bears the scars of that time, as do I.

  3. Jim Zanfagna:

    The first portrait I painted was Jackie, i spent two months painting it. It was like spending time with her. There was joy and there was sorrow.

  4. Maria Grazia Chiuri:

    It's not the famous postcard that you normally have of Rome, there's something more intimate, and that's the portrait we like. We also think couture is more intimate because there's a relationship between the client and the atelier. It's one of a kind and the best limited edition you could have.

  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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