Portrait Definition

pôrtrĭt, -trāt
portraits
noun
portraits
A drawn, painted, or carved picture of something.
Webster's New World
A painting, drawing, engraving, or sculpture whose subject is an actual person; often, specif., one made from life.
Webster's New World
A dramatic representation of a character.
The actor's portrait of the famous general.
American Heritage
A photograph whose posed subject is an actual person.
Webster's New World
A description or dramatic portrayal of a person, society, etc.
A rousing portrait of 18th-cent. London.
Webster's New World
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adjective
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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Representing the actual features of an individual; not ideal.

A portrait bust; a portrait statue.
Wiktionary
verb

(obsolete) To portray; to draw.

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Other Word Forms of Portrait

Noun

Singular:
portrait
Plural:
portraits

Origin of Portrait

  • From Middle French portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire (“portray"), from Latin prōtrahō.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French image from past participle of portraire to portray portray

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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