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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.

  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.

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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    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. Sebastien Allard:

    This is an exceptional work, legendary in Rembrandt's repertoire. This type of full-body portrait did not exist in Holland in the 17th century. they are among the most valuable paintings of the era.

  2. Max Beerbohm:

    It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.

  3. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Commitment To Excellence:

    Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.

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