artiste

[ahr-teest; French ar-teest]
noun, plural artistes [ahr-teests; French arteest] .
an artist, especially an actor, singer, dancer, or other public performer.

Origin:
1815–25; < French; see artist

artisan, artist, artiste (see synonym study at artist).
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artiste (ɑːˈtiːst, French artist)
 
n
1.  an entertainer, such as a singer or dancer
2.  a person who is highly skilled in some occupation: a hair artiste

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artiste
1823, from Fr. artiste, a reborrowing of artist after the sense of artist had become limited toward the visual arts and especially painting.
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Example sentences
Nor is she a tortured artiste who agonizes over every nuance.
Artiste a skilled performer, a person with artistic pretensions.
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