from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face, that is created by a painter or photographer, for example.
- n. A verbal picture or description, especially of a person.
- adj. Of or relating to the orientation of a page such that the longer side runs from top to bottom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.
- n. An accurate depiction of a mood.
- n. a print mode or selection specifying the rectangle to be printed on having the vertical sides longer than the horizontal sides.
- v. To portray; to draw.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life.
- n. Hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person.
- transitive v. To portray; to draw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drawing, representation, delineation, or picture of a person or a thing; specifically, a picture of a person, drawn from life; especially, a picture or representation of the face; a likeness, whether executed in oil or water-color, in crayon, on steel, by photography, in marble, etc., but particularly in oil: as, a painter of portraits.
- n. A vivid description or delineation in words.
- To portray; draw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word picture of a person's appearance and character
- n. any likeness of a person, in any medium
French, from Old French, image, from past participle of portraire, to portray; see portray.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire ("portray"), from Latin prōtrahō. (Wiktionary)