Definition of sitter in English:



  • 1A person who sits, especially for a portrait or examination.

    ‘she always hopes to imbue a portrait with the sitter's character’
    ‘sitters in an examination room’
    • ‘The identities of the sitters in the Phillips portraits have only recently been discovered.’
    • ‘Both sitter and artist would also have in mind the person who commissioned the portrait and for whose eyes it was intended.’
    • ‘Rembrandt's portraits of individual sitters are similarly energetic, emphasizing faces, hands, and dynamic silhouettes at the expense of costumes and settings.’
    • ‘Later in her career she also did numerous portrait busts of distinguished sitters.’
    • ‘He always portrayed his sitter as a distinct individual rather than a representative of his or her particular group.’
    • ‘The sitter, presumably, was desirous of being portrayed and perhaps curious to see how she would be perceived by a celebrated professional.’
    • ‘It had long been accepted practice in portrait painting to depict sitters with prized possessions appropriate to their status and station in life.’
    • ‘The paintings exhibit strong physical and emotional energy, derived from the direct encounter between artist and sitter in the studio.’
    • ‘In the portraits, sitters appear shorn of pretense and disguise.’
    • ‘The portrait conveyed the casual and relaxing quality of the sitter's personality, which is important in this work.’
    • ‘His style shows strong characterisation in his sitters and an exquisite delineation of costume and jewellery.’
    • ‘A portrait is of course in the first instance a likeness of the sitter who commissions it.’
    • ‘The scrutinizing artist and his exposed sitters are all committed to the inert artifact that will outlive them: a photograph.’
    sitter, poser, subject, artist's model, photographic model
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    1. 1.1A sitting hen.
  • 2[usually in combination] A person who looks after children, pets, or a house while the parents or owners are away.

    ‘a house-sitter’
    • ‘Can the sitter leave the house with the children?’
    • ‘Is it a crime to hire a baby sitter anymore?’
    • ‘The only alternative left was to leave Fluffy at home and have a pet sitter come into our house.’
    • ‘The safest way to locate a house sitter is to go through a house sitting directory.’
    • ‘The pet store owners and staff may know of a great pet sitter.’
    • ‘We'll be gone for 10 days, and our two sons, ages 13 and 15, are begging us not to move a grown-up into the house as a sitter.’
    • ‘They hire a baby sitter and go together.’
    • ‘You can take them to a boarding kennel or you can hire a pet sitter.’
    • ‘A pet sitter is there to provide comfort, help, and care for your dog while you are away.’
    • ‘Word of mouth referral is a common way to find a pet sitter.’
    • ‘House sitters are the best thing you can do with regards to your pets.’
    • ‘Some guy wanted his lawn mowed, another wanted help painting his house, and some woman wanted a cat sitter.’
    • ‘You can find a pet sitter through a number of means.’
    • ‘While babysitting is legal at any age, parents should carefully assess a sitter younger than sixteen.’
    • ‘The patient sought the company of his grandchildren and became their after school sitter.’
    • ‘Response to the business, both from pet owners and dog sitters, was so good that she was encouraged to start offering franchises in October 2002.’
    • ‘The company specializes in helping pet sitters and pet owners connect to each other.’
    • ‘The presence of the house sitter is the number one burglar deterrent.’
    • ‘She and Sam had three children under the age of five and another on the way, and if she were to work nights and he days, the couple could care for the children without hiring a sitter.’
    • ‘Today my parents were out and I had a sitter watching over me.’
    1. 2.1A person who provides care and companionship for people who are ill.
      [as modifier] ‘volunteers are still needed to help the hospice expand its home sitter service’
  • 3British informal (in sport) an easy catch or shot.

    ‘he scored some great goals but missed some sitters’
    • ‘"Big Martin Cameron missed an absolute sitter, " was how Lambie diplomatically put it after the game.’
    • ‘He said the key to victory against the South Africans lay with how well his team take their chances after missing several sitters in the competition.’
    • ‘Chelsea missed no end of sitters, but still run out easy winners.’
    • ‘They could have had more, but their centre forward missed a sitter from two yards out.’
    • ‘82 Luis Enrique from eight yards misses an absolute sitter - which would have put South Africa out.’
    • ‘It was an absolute sitter and he should have scored.’
    • ‘The prolific Jamie Barrow missed an absolute sitter when he headed over with the goal at his mercy.’
    • ‘Kean scuffed a sitter from ten yards, and the same player saw his close range header strike a post.’
    • ‘A Kiev striker has just missed a sitter against Juventus.’