portrait


portrait
portrait late 14c. (in portreyture), from M.Fr. portrait, from O.Fr. portret (13c.), noun use of pp. of portraire "to paint, depict" (see PORTRAY (Cf. portray)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of a face or a person, drawn or painted), , ,


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  • PORTRAIT — Autrefois, le mot « portrait » évoquait une personne – homme, femme ou enfant –, figée dans une pose qu’il avait fallu « tenir » devant un artiste prenant des croquis dont ensuite il faisait soit une peinture, soit une sculpture ou une gravure… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • portrait — portrait, aite 1. (por trè, trè t ) part. passé de portraire. •   Mais je reviens à vous, en qui je vois portraits De ses perfections les plus aimables traits, CORN. Veuve, V, 7. portrait 2. (por trè ; le t ne se prononce pas et ne se lie pas ;… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Portrait — Por trait, n. [F., originally p. p. of portraire to portray. See {Portray}.] 1. The likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life. [1913 Webster] In portraits, the grace,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portrait — UK US /ˈpɔːtreɪt/ adjective IT ► used to describe a computer document that is to be printed with the shorter side of the paper at the top and bottom: »The design was intended to be distributed in printed form, so the pages are laid out for… …   Financial and business terms

  • Portrait — Por trait, v. t. To portray; to draw. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Portrait — (fr., spr. Porträh), Abbildung eines wirklich lebenden Menschen, sowohl in plastischen Werken (Portraitstatuen, Portraitbüsten), als in Gemälden. Daher Portraitiren, ein P. zeichnen od. malen. Ein Maler, welcher P s zum Hauptgegenstand seiner… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • portrait — photograph, *image, effigy, statue, icon, mask …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • portrait — [n] drawn representation; description account, characterization, depiction, figure, image, likeness, model, painting, photograph, picture, portraiture, portrayal, profile, silhouette, simulacrum, sketch, snapshot, spitting image*, vignette;… …   New thesaurus

  • portrait — ► NOUN 1) an artistic representation of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders. 2) a written or filmed description. 3) a format of printed matter which is higher than it is wide. Compare with LANDSCAPE(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • portrait — [pôr′trit, pôr′trāt΄] n. [MFr, pp. of portraire: see PORTRAY] 1. Obs. a drawn, painted, or carved picture of something 2. a representation of a person, esp. of the face, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculptured 3. a description or dramatic… …   English World dictionary