Portrait
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, and, we may add, the likeness, consists more in the general air than in the exact similitude of every feature. --Sir J. Reynolds. [1913 Webster]

Note: The meaning of the word is sometimes extended so as to include a photographic likeness. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words. [1913 Webster]

{Portrait bust}, or {Portrait statue}, a bust or statue representing the actual features or person of an individual; -- in distinction from an ideal bust or statue. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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 — 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 — 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

  • 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

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