Definition of portrait in English:

portrait

Pronunciation /ˈpɔːtreɪt//ˈpɔːtrət/

noun

  • 1A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.

    ‘a portrait of George III’
    as modifier ‘a portrait painter’
    • ‘The picture above is from a engraving made from a portrait from life.’
    • ‘It is significant that on hearing of the death of Lacy, Bacon should have painted a triptych portrait of the dead man from memory.’
    • ‘Ladies come to me for a gown as they go to a distinguished painter to get their portraits put on canvas.’
    • ‘There are three surviving painted portraits by Rubens which show Frans with his mother, Helena.’
    • ‘His portrait by Gentile Bellini faces the visitor entering the first of the Ottoman rooms.’
    • ‘She enjoyed having studio photographic portraits taken of her and her dollies.’
    • ‘Many of his works consist of portraits or series of portraits of prosaic objects.’
    • ‘Each is in turn derived from a familiar portrait by the likes of David and Holbein.’
    • ‘As was the case with his predecessor, the most eloquent image of Leo X is his portrait by Raphael.’
    • ‘She often painted portraits of herself, and of her relatives and friends.’
    • ‘Although a rough and possibly abandoned study, it was almost certainly done at the time Gauguin was painting the portrait of him.’
    • ‘He broke with tradition when his official portrait was done in photographic form rather than a painting.’
    • ‘It's on now at the Richmond Art Gallery and consists of a series of portrait photograms and paintings.’
    • ‘Gretl had her portrait painted by Gustav Klimt, the great Austrian Art Nouveau painter.’
    • ‘His exploits were commemorated in a series of paintings, portraits and engravings.’
    • ‘It is in these interior scenes and portraits that art historians have most often claimed to detect the use of the camera.’
    • ‘It is surely permissible to see in these two portraits the hand of a single painter.’
    • ‘The hunt for the identities of portraits hidden among onlookers in painted scenes has engaged some authors.’
    • ‘He made his reputation as a painter of small-scale portraits and genre scenes of contemporary city life.’
    • ‘The heroine was played by Rita Luna, and her portrait was painted by Goya.’
    painting, picture, drawing, sketch, likeness, image, study, representation, portrayal, depiction, canvas
    photograph, photo, studio portrait, picture, shot, study, still, snap, snapshot, vignette
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    1. 1.1 A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film or television.
      ‘the writer builds up a fascinating portrait of a community’
      • ‘A tragic story lies behind the portrait of his aunt Marianne, for example.’
      • ‘The film is an intimate portrait of a woman and her mission of assassination.’
      • ‘I make no apologies for trying to make a portrait of a community.’
      • ‘It runs a little long, but it's worth seeing as a sensitive portrait of a community.’
      • ‘In their film version, these tales constitute living and precise portraits of manners.’
      • ‘It offers a fascinating portrait of 1950s South Africa and the resistance of young black writers.’
      • ‘The bonus materials combine to paint a very nice portrait of the film and its background.’
      • ‘It should provide him with the perfect backdrop for an incisive portrait of a world unfamiliar to the general viewer.’
      • ‘It's a fascinating portrait of a so-called serial killer, and a damning one of the society in which she lived.’
      • ‘It is through their portraits and their stories that I am able to tell another.’
      • ‘The film offered a portrait of a young Greek god, albeit an eccentric one, obsessed with speed, cinema and women.’
      • ‘McCarthy's film is really a portrait of the risks and rewards of letting others see your vulnerable side.’
      • ‘Now his estranged son has filmed a portrait of the great architect, his buildings and his haunted life.’
      • ‘The community portrait is based on first hand comments and observational camerawork.’
      • ‘The portrait is consistent with the impressions of Hanif's neighbours.’
      • ‘The film is an affectionate portrait of his uncle and offers extensive access to its subject.’
      • ‘The story is a glowing portrait of a crusading humanitarian on a difficult mission to save his native land.’
      • ‘What was your first collaboration and what led you to honor him with this film portrait?’
      • ‘It is possible that this portrait of a fascinating metropolis deserves all the showered praise.’
      • ‘This portrait of his life and work is a fascinating insight into the underbelly of sin city.’
      description, portrayal, representation, depiction, impression, account, story, chronicle
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  • 2usually as modifier Denoting a format of printed matter which is higher than it is wide.

    ‘you can print landscape and portrait pages in the same document’
    Compare with landscape (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘Next purchase would be a wide angle lens, then a portrait lens and so on.’
    • ‘The Rotate button spins the display into a portrait format, which can be very handy when you're reading a long document.’
    • ‘The portrait mode is primarily intended to facilitate the device's use as an electronic book.’
    • ‘This allows you physically to swivel the screen to either landscape or portrait configuration.’
    • ‘The unit appears designed to be used in portrait mode for PDA operation and in a landscape orientation for navigation.’
    • ‘It will not switch to portrait mode, though it does tilt and have vertical adjustments.’
    • ‘Rotating the screen through 90 degrees cause the image to be redrawn at that angle, going from a portrait view to landscape.’
    • ‘The seventh button toggles full-screen text input on and off, the eighth flips the display from portrait mode to landscape.’
    • ‘The screen will also adjust between a landscape and portrait view according to the content.’
    • ‘However, you can also twist the screen, close the clamshell and use it in portrait orientation like a PDA.’
    • ‘The computer does this and can rotate the screen from landscape to portrait mode.’
    • ‘The portrait mode will result in a sharp object and blurred background, for instance.’
    • ‘If the phone is at a 180 degree position, the photo taken will be in portrait mode.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French portraire ‘portray’.

Pronunciation

portrait

/ˈpɔːtreɪt//ˈpɔːtrət/