Main definitions of painter in English

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painter1

noun

  • 1An artist who paints pictures.

    ‘a German landscape painter’
    • ‘Even at the first glance, almost all the paintings on display betray the meditative mood of the painter when the artist was at work.’
    • ‘Both look at the whole working careers of the artists, and both artists are key painters in the British figurative tradition.’
    • ‘In another era, many of these artists would have been landscape painters.’
    • ‘The two of them spent their lives working as stage designers and landscape painters in various provincial towns, ending up in Vladimir.’
    • ‘He is a painter, cartoonist, landscape artist and filmmaker who has been living in the capital for more than fifteen years.’
    • ‘An artist-in-residence has been teaching the children about artists and painters 50 years ago.’
    • ‘He felt that painters and artists should not be content with traditional themes.’
    • ‘Her artists range across ages, levels of experience, and focus, with graphic designers, painters, tattoo artists, and more represented.’
    • ‘Discuss with your students how such minimalist painters could influence an artist who uses color and light in such an expressive variety.’
    • ‘Liao is known for his comic cartoon work and others include sculptors, oil painters and print artists.’
    • ‘She also exhibited as a painter and sculptor and illustrated the several books she wrote on her life and work.’
    • ‘There's even an artist - a painter to keep an illustrated record of the trip.’
    • ‘Each year the Salon, in addition to new pictures by contemporary painters, included exhibitions by older masters whose influence remained strong.’
    • ‘Showing alongside this exhibition is a collection of works by French landscape painters who inspired Monet's work, including Corot and Courbet.’
    • ‘By the time he was 40, he stopped producing commercial art and became a painter of pictures and illustrations.’
    • ‘Born in 1872, he aspired to become a landscape painter, but realized that a career in book illustrations would be more lucrative.’
    • ‘They are usually painted by nonacademic artists and unknown painters.’
    • ‘Unfortunately however, they were the only landscapes that painters and illustrators were in the habit of imagining.’
    • ‘Our city is renowned for its historic interest but little is known about its wealth of artists, which includes painters, potters, photographers, weavers and printmakers.’
    • ‘Engineers and architects use spatial intelligence, as do visual artists like sculptors and painters.’
  • 2A person whose job is painting buildings.

    ‘a self-employed painter and decorator’
    • ‘Annie worked as a burler and mender and Roy became a self-employed painter and decorator, which saw him through to retirement.’
    • ‘What surprises me a lot is, even the workers decorating my house have their mobiles - the em>painters, the decorators, the mason, the electricity, and the carpenter.’
    • ‘Volunteers became painters and decorators to mark the re-launch of a community action group.’
    • ‘Working manfully through the tower of invoices and feeding their details into the computer, he reflected upon the frustrating job held by the painters of the Forth bridge, and decided they had it easy.’
    • ‘He was a trained painter and decorator with a steady job and a loving family.’
    • ‘Inevitably, then, some people under the proposed age limit will require spray paints for apprenticeships and business such as painters, builders and mechanics, as well as for personal use.’
    • ‘Social experts have also suggested that these people have the potential to be trained and used as either garden workers or painters.’
    • ‘A painter agreed to paint the entire of the owner's house for a fixed sum.’
    • ‘The work was done by both professional fancy painters and amateur home decorators.’
    • ‘But Jim, a retired painter and decorator, never fancied his own chances in front of the camera.’
    • ‘The building is being renovated with carpenters, painters and maintenance workers moving all over.’
    • ‘Louise wants to work in computers, Andy as a painter and decorator.’
    • ‘Since you are worried that your second bedroom ‘will not last’ Hillary suggests you get the painters in and redecorate it, and don't answer your phone.’
    • ‘And he heard it from a servant in the building where the painter lives.’
    • ‘Masons became builders; painters became contractors; speculating became an industry, and small business fancied up itself into an association.’
    • ‘Police are now on the verge of allowing painters, plumbers, decorators and joiners into the house to begin clearing up and repairing fittings damaged during the extensive examination of the house.’
    • ‘Instead, after working as a painter and decorator, he joined the police.’
    • ‘Catherine's partner Geoff, 41, is a self-employed painter and decorator and can also help out with childcare.’
    • ‘Indeed, one new report says that we will have to import painters and decorators from abroad by 2020 if trends continue.’
    • ‘A painter's tack rag or turpentine-dampened rag will help pick up much of this dirt.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French peintour, based on Latin pictor, from the verb pingere ‘to paint’.

Pronunciation

painter

/ˈpeɪntə/

Main definitions of painter in English

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painter2

noun

  • A rope attached to the bow of a boat for tying it to a quay.

    • ‘He doesn't have a painter on his boat [a painter being a rope attached to the bow/front of the boat] despite it being a normal fitting, and his boat having the hole through which it should run.’
    • ‘Just as the sun was about to go down, a slight tug on the painter ended my solitude.’
    • ‘Reaching up, I tied the painter to her stern, attaching my lifeline, my umbilicus, to my own boat.’
    • ‘If I squinted my eyes tight enough, I could also see the cleat near the stern where I used to attach the painter from the punt.’
    • ‘Toby leapt ashore with the painter and dropped a clove-hitch over a tree stump with two twists of his wrists.’

Origin

Middle English: of uncertain origin; compare with Old French pentoir ‘something from which to hang things’.

Pronunciation

painter

/ˈpeɪntə/

Main definitions of painter in English

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painter3

noun

US
dialect
  • another term for puma
    • ‘Mountain lions are known by more than 100 names, including panther, catamount, cougar, painter and puma.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: variant spelling of panther.

Pronunciation

painter

/ˈpeɪntə/