What does portrait mean?

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ˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr-por·trait

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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.

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

  2. portraitnoun

    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. portraitnoun

    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. Portraitnoun

    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. Portraitnoun

    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. Portraitverb

    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. 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.

  2. Nancy Locke:

    If a white person gets matched with a 19th-century American portrait of someone who looks fairly similar, but two very different-looking Asian women get matched with the same woodblock print of a figure who looks nothing like them, it’s fair to say that people will see racial bias in the app.

  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. Joe Berlinger:

    As far as my understanding, there was some initial contact to get some access, and then once the book came out, there was no contact, and no attempt to rectify their feelings of the portrait being problematic… I believe there should have been a greater attempt to address their issues. The evidence demonstrates that there was no such attempt.

  5. Dustin Brown:

    It's a portrait of my dad. I got it last year in April, I think. I've always wanted to have a tattoo. I have the portrait of my dad at home in my bedroom, also. I don't get to see him that often. Normally in the off-season, it's been a very long road for me and my whole family. That's one of the things I've been wanting to do for a very long time and I had the opportunity to do that with a great tattoo artist in Cologne in Germany last year.

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