Meaning of “artist” in the English Dictionary

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"artist" in British English

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artistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑː.tɪst/ us /ˈɑːr.t̬ɪst/

A2 someone who paints, draws, or makes sculptures:

Monet is one of my favourite artists.

someone who creates things with great skill and imagination:

He described her as one of the greatest film artists of the 20th century.

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  • A good artist can produce a very realistic effect using only light and shade.
  • The artist painted this picture using tiny brushstrokes.
  • All these pictures were painted by local artists.
  • He described her as one of the greatest film artists of the 20th century.
  • In 15th-century Italy, artists rediscovered the rules of perspective.

(Definition of “artist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"artist" in American English

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artistnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɑr·t̬ɪst/

a person who paints, draws, or makes sculptures

An artist is also an actor, musician, dancer, or other performer.

(Definition of “artist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)