• WordNet 3.6
    • n portrait any likeness of a person, in any medium "the photographer made excellent portraits"
    • n portrait a word picture of a person's appearance and character
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Portrait of Richard Burton Portrait of Richard Burton
Portrait of Signor Costa Portrait of Signor Costa
Portrait of Sybil Primrose Portrait of Sybil Primrose
Portrait of Himself Portrait of Himself
Portrait Portrait
Francois Rabelais--portrait Francois Rabelais--portrait

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Andy Warhol based his 1964 series of silk portraits of Marilyn Monroe on a still photo from the 1952 movie Niagra.
    • Portrait Hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words.
    • Portrait The likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life. "In portraits , the grace, and, we may add, the likeness, consists more in the general air than in the exact similitude of every feature."
    • v. t Portrait To portray; to draw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Martha Washington in the only woman whose portrait has ever appeared on a US currency note. Her portrait was on the face of the $1 silver certificate issues of 1886 and 1891, and on the back of the $1 silver certificate of 1896. Sacagewea and Susan B. Anthony are the only women represented on a US coin. Both were honored on a dollar coin.
    • n portrait A drawing, representation, delineation, or picture of a person or a thing; specifically, a picture of a person, drawn from life; especially, a picture or representation of the face; a likeness, whether executed in oil or water-color, in crayon, on steel, by photography, in marble, etc., but particularly in oil: as, a painter of portraits.
    • n portrait A vivid description or delineation in words.
    • portrait To portray; draw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Samual Morse, who invented the telegraph, was originally a portrait painter and didn't give up painting to turn to inventing until he was 46 years old.
    • n Portrait pōr′trāt the likeness of a person, esp. of his face: a vivid description in words
    • v.t Portrait (obs.) to portray
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.”
  • John Singer Sargent
    John Singer Sargent
    “Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., originally p. p. of portraire, to portray. See Portray


In literature:

The rest of the portrait is sketched in from the original picture.
"Crayon Portraiture" by Jerome A. Barhydt
It is embellished with a beautiful Portrait and Autograph of the author.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
Is it intended for a portrait of Queen Margherita?
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
But for all sorts of indoor work and for portraits you will find it possible to get most beautiful results.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Portrait of Mrs. Robinson.
"George Eliot Centenary, November 1919" by Coventry Libraries Committee
The detective Verloc, her husband, wavers as a portrait between reality and melodrama.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The portraits of Tyrrel and Forrest were, no doubt, done from the life.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
A small full-length portrait of this great beauty of George IV.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I took as many as I could carry back to the portrait, and on the following morning I returned for more.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
But I was earning a deal of money, as I was already painting many portraits.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

In poetry:

Tom Roberts, he was there, too,
With painted portraits fine
Of men of light and leading --
Me, and some friends of mine.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
But the early morning shineth
On thy tireless labors yet,
And the portrait stands before thee
Till the evening sun has set.
"Mona Lisa" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
If I should cast this cold restraint,
Nor dam this pen's o'ereager flowing--
If but your portrait I should paint
In colours glowing--
"To A Lady" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Witness thy portrait, smoke-defiled,
That decked his shelter-place.
Life seemed more present, wrote the child,
Beneath thy well-known face.
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
Sweet babe! true portrait of thy father's face,
Sleep on the bosom that thy lips have pressed!
Sleep, little one; and closely, gently place
Thy drowsy eyelid on thy mother's breast.
"The Child Asleep. (From The French)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rain in the dreams of the mind—rain forever—
Rain in the sky of the heart—rain in the willows—
But then he saw this face, this face like flame,
This quiet lady, this portrait by Hiroshigi;
And took it home with him; and with it came
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 02:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Crumb 's self-portrait: Courtesy WW Norton & Company.
Portrait of Fidel Castro in New York in 1955, during an interview.
Hanna Hartnell poses for a portrait at Hartnell in Santa Monica.
World-renowned pushpin artist and Northern Michigan local Eric Daigh creates Pinterest founder's portrait for Fast Company magazine.
Senate Report Paints a Damning Portrait of For-Profit Higher Education.
In this Sept 17, 2002 file photo, Jacques Barzun sits for a portrait at his home in San Antonio.
With great portraits it is usually the painter, not the painted, who is remembered: even emperors, kings and popes take second place when Titian, Rubens or Velázquez portray them.
Waldstein paints descriptive portrait of life on family farm.
This photo shows a portrait of 19-year-old Pvt.
Portrait of the Drama Critic As a Stage-Struck Boy.
In celebration of the game-changing reality show's tenth season, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia pose for stylish portraits.
John Mahdessian, owner of Madame Paulette dry cleaner s, poses for a portrait inside his corporate headquarters in Long Island City.
Danny Moloshok / AP Photo In this Friday, Jan 13, 2012 file photo actor Dustin Hoffman poses for a portrait in Pasadena, Calif.
'Being Elmo': Enchanting portrait of a 'Sesame Street' puppeteer.
Utah Jazz forward Enes Kanter poses for a portrait during media day at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.

In science:

For any letter s ∈ Ξ, since its portrait is homogeneous, ρx (s) and ρy (s) are equivalent.
The finiteness of a group generated by a 2-letter invertible-reversible Mealy automaton is decidable
We also give the critical point portraits for these maps.
A census of quadratic post-critically finite rational maps defined over Q
We establish that every formal critical portrait (as defined in [GM]), can be realized by a postcritically finite polynomial.
On the realization of fixed point portraits (an addendum to Goldberg, Milnor: Fixed point portraits)
We must still verify that this polynomial (or tree) has the required fixed point portrait.
On the realization of fixed point portraits (an addendum to Goldberg, Milnor: Fixed point portraits)
The LC should be capable of making a full portrait of the Higgs bosons, given enough energy to produce them [11,12].
Linear Collider Workshop 2000 Summary