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. John Singer Sargent:

    Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.

  2. Omar Bradley:

    Wilkie also served in the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld, worked for Condoleezza Rice and had years of experience on Capitol Hill working for Sens. Thom Tillis and Trent Lott. In his new office, Wilkie now hangs a portrait of Gen. Omar Bradley, the first secretary of Veterans Affairs after World War II, and has chosen Bradley's desk as his own. Omar Bradley was tasked with changing VA to accommodate 11 million soldiers coming off active duty and into Veterans Affairs ranks, he was really a visionary.

  3. Photographer Ken Hermann:

    All the other sellers -- they are so busy, so just convincing them to go near the river to get their portrait done and spend maybe 15 minutes of their time was a challenge, because every minute they're not standing in the flower (market), they lose money.

  4. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

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

  5. Michael Cohen:

    The objective was to ensure that Donald Trump portrait, which was going to be auctioned last, would go for the highest price of any portrait that afternoon.

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