from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The art or practice of making portraits.
  • noun A portrait.
  • noun Portraits considered as a group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To paint; portray.
  • noun A representation or picture; a painted resemblance; a likeness or portrait.
  • noun Likenesses or portraits collectively.
  • noun The art of making portraits; the art or practice of portraying or depicting, whether in pictures or in words; the art of the portraitist.

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

  • transitive verb rare To represent by a portrait, or as by a portrait; to portray.
  • noun A portrait; a likeness; a painted resemblance; hence, that which is copied from some example or model.
  • noun obsolete Pictures, collectively; painting.
  • noun The art or practice of making portraits.

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

  • noun the art of painting or photographing portraits
  • noun a portrait (or portraits considered as a group)

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

  • noun the activity of making portraits
  • noun a word picture of a person's appearance and character


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