Definitions for portrait
ˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr-por·trait
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portrayal, portraiture, portraitnoun
a word picture of a person's appearance and character
any likeness of a person, in any medium
"the photographer made excellent portraits"
A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.
An accurate depiction of a mood.
The author painted a good portrait of urban life in New York in his latest book.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
A portrait is a painting, drawing, photograph, or any other artistic representation of an individual or a group where the face and its expressions are predominantly focused. It captures the personality, mood, and likeness of the subject, often making direct eye contact. It also refers to the orientation of an image or a document where the height is greater than the width.
the likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life
hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words
to portray; to draw
Etymology: [F., originally p. p. of portraire to portray. See Portray.]
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
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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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'portrait' in Nouns Frequency: #1568
The numerical value of portrait in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of portrait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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.
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.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
What's very interesting about that portrait is the musical score. It's actually only known from that portrait, so some musicologists have said it could be the work of Mozart himself.
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Translations for portrait
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- بورتريه, صورةArabic
- retratCatalan, Valencian
- podobizna, portrétCzech
- kontrafej, portrætDanish
- Portrait, PorträtGerman
- προσανατολισμός, πορτραίτο, προσωπογραφία, κατακόρυφοςGreek
- پرتره, تصویرPersian
- muotokuva, potrettiFinnish
- arckép, portréHungarian
- դիմանկար, պատկերArmenian
- 画像, 肖像Japanese
- სურათი, პორტრეტიGeorgian
- 초상, 그림Korean
- PortraitLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- слика, приказ, опис, портретMacedonian
- portrettNorwegian Nynorsk
- [[портретный, изображение, портрет, описаниеRussian
- portret, портретSerbo-Croatian
- ảnh chân dung, điển hình, hình ảnhVietnamese
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