portrayal, portraiture, portrait(noun)
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.
Origin: From portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire, from protraho.
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
Origin: [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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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
Examples of portrait in a Sentence
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
In the end, your will and heart will determine the portrait of your life. R.J. Intindola
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
It is not a portrait of a dead child, but rather this incredible unfolding story of love and loss.
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- بورتريه, صورةArabic
- retratCatalan, Valencian
- podobizna, portrétCzech
- portræt, kontrafejDanish
- Portrait, PorträtGerman
- κατακόρυφος, πορτραίτο, προσανατολισμός, προσωπογραφίαGreek
- پرتره, تصویرPersian
- potretti, muotokuvaFinnish
- arckép, portréHungarian
- պատկեր, դիմանկարArmenian
- 画像, 肖像Japanese
- სურათი, პორტრეტიGeorgian
- 그림, 초상Korean
- PortraitLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- портрет, опис, слика, приказMacedonian
- portrettNorwegian Nynorsk
- [[портретный, изображение, портрет, описаниеRussian
- portret, портретSerbo-Croatian
- điển hình, hình ảnh, ảnh chân dungVietnamese
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