from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who limns; an artist or delineator; more especially, one who paints portraits or miniatures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic, Archaic One who paints portraits.
  • noun Archaic One who illuminates books.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who limns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a painter or drawer of portraits


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  • Try this - in the production of an illustrated manuscript a limner was the one who delineated a space to be gilded or coloured. THE PERILS OF A FANCY VOCABULARY.

  • After 1741, each new member of the society paid a sum of "face money" if the official "limner," George Knapton, had not yet provided the society with a clever, allusive image of the Dilettante couched in some kind of fancy dress.

    A Silly, Very Cultured Club

  • THE EARLY PAINTERS: The "limner," or the man who could draw and color

    A Text-Book of the History of Painting

  • I shall see you in time, and will carry you to the 'limner'.

    The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals. Vol. 1

  • I asked the limner if I was still lopsided, if the right side of my face drooped more than the left.


  • I watched the limner, a small man with a long beard that he braided and tucked under his surcoat to keep out of the way.


  • The limner had made me appear beautiful, modest, prideful, with ardency in one eye.


  • King Corvus sent a limner to capture a likeness of me.


  • I dreamed your—I dreamed the Starling received a likeness of me, the very same one the limner painted.


  • King Corvus sent a limner to capture a likeness of me.



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  • Limner is a nicer (shorter and sweeter) word for a painter of portraits and miniatures.

    April 29, 2015