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[ahr-teest; French ar-teest] /ɑrˈtist; French arˈtist/
noun, plural artistes
[ahr-teests; French arteest] /ɑrˈtists; French ˈartist/ (Show IPA)
an artist, especially an actor, singer, dancer, or other public performer.
1815-25; < French; see artist
Can be confused
artisan, artist, artiste (see synonym study at artist) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for artistes


/ɑːˈtiːst; French artist/
an entertainer, such as a singer or dancer
a person who is highly skilled in some occupation: a hair artiste
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Word Origin and History for artistes



1819 in English, from 1804 as a French word, from French artiste; a reborrowing of artist, at first in a foreign context, later used to fill the gap after the sense of artist had become limited toward the visual arts and especially painting.

Artiste: an admirable word (albeit somewhat Frenchified) of late applied, with nice discrimination, to every species of exhibitor, from a rope-dancer down to a mere painter or sculptor. On looking into little Entick (my great authority in these matters), I find we have already the word artist; but with stupid English perversity, we have hitherto used that in a much more restricted sense than its newly-imported rival, which it is becoming the excellent fashion to adopt. ["Paul Pry's Journal of a Residence at Little-Pedlington," Philadelphia, 1836]

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