Portrait meaning

pôr'trĭt, -trāt'
Portrait is defined as the orientation of a page, where the longest side goes from top to bottom.

An example of portrait is when an image is taller than it is wide.

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The orientation of a page such that the longer side runs from top to bottom.
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The definition of a portrait is a drawn, painted or carved picture of the fact of something or someone.

An example of a portrait is the Mona Lisa painting.

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A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face, that is created by a painter or photographer, for example.
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A verbal representation or description, especially of a person.
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A dramatic representation of a character.

The actor's portrait of the famous general.

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(computing, printing) A print orientation where the vertical sides are longer than the horizontal sides.
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(obsolete) To portray; to draw.

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A drawn, painted, or carved picture of something.
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A description or dramatic portrayal of a person, society, etc.

A rousing portrait of 18th-cent. London.

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An orientation that is tall and narrow like a letter page. Also known as a "page orientation." Except for videos, most content on the Web is in a portrait style. See portrait monitor and landscape.
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A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.
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(figuratively) An accurate depiction of a person, a mood, etc.

The author painted a good portrait of urban life in New York in his latest book.

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Representing the actual features of an individual; not ideal.

A portrait bust; a portrait statue.

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Origin of portrait

  • French from Old French image from past participle of portraire to portray portray
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire (“portray"), from Latin prōtrahō.
    From Wiktionary