from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distinguished European artist of the period from about 1500 to the early 1700s, especially one of the great painters of this period.
  • n. A work created by one of these artists.

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  • n. a great European painter prior to 19th century


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  • Her first acquisition had been in 1764 when she bought a collection of old master paintings put together by the Berlin dealer Johann Gotzkowski.

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  • The old master received him kindly and asked D'Albert, who was present, to play the second pianoforte.

    Edward MacDowell

  • In 1802 Decaen ventured to use his influence with the Government regarding an appointment to the court of appeal at Caen, for which Lasseret, his old master in law, was a candidate; and we find Bonaparte writing to Cambaceres, who had charge of the law department, that “if the citizen possesses the requisite qualifications I should like to defer to the wishes of General Decaen, who is an officer of great merit.”

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  • I've traded practice blows with my old master Justin DuMorne, himself at one time a Warden.

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  • Thence Linacre went to Oxford, where he pursued Greek under Cornelius Vitelli, an Italian visitor acting as prælector in New College. 9.52 In 1485-6 Linacre went with his old master to Italy -- his Sancta Mater Studiorum -- where Selling seems to have introduced him to Poliziano.

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  • B. Mr. Rochester's counsel, I took it to Mr.A. Sampson, who assured me that my old master had commenced a suit against me in the Court of Equity, and the case would be tried before Wm.B. Rochester, Esq., who was one of the circuit judges.

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  • In the Pentecostal assembly, held at Windsor, Lanfranc was appointed archbishop; his excuses were overcome by his old master Herlwin of Bec; he came to England, and on August 15, 1070 he was consecrated to the primacy.

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  • As my old master appeared much ruffled at my being there, I left my wife before I had spent considerable time with her, and went to Colonel O. Smith's.

    Life and Adventures of Venture

  • 'A hard task, a hard task! 'the serving-men and the serving-women often overheard their old master muttering, as he alighted from the hunt and as he came home from his monthly visit to Edinburgh.

    Samuel Rutherford

  • The work was undoubtedly written at a white heat of inspiration, for at the time MacDowell was not only grieved over the death of his old master and friend, Joachim Raff, but was also harrassed by the drudgery and struggle of his own existence.

    Edward MacDowell


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