painter

1 [peyn-ter]
noun
1.
an artist who paints pictures.
2.
a person who coats walls or other surfaces with paint, especially as an occupation.
3.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Pictor.

Origin:
1300–50; paint + er1; replacing Middle English peyntour < Anglo-French peintour

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painter

2 [peyn-ter]
noun
a rope, usually at the bow, for fastening a boat to a ship, stake, etc.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English peyntour, probably < Middle French pentoir, variant of pendoir rope, cord for hanging things on. See pend, -er2

painter

3 [peyn-ter]
noun

Origin:
1755–65, Americanism; variant of panther

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painter1 (ˈpeɪntə)
 
n
1.  a person who paints surfaces as a trade
2.  an artist who paints pictures

painter2 (ˈpeɪntə)
 
n
a line attached to the bow of a boat for tying it up
 
[C15: probably from Old French penteur strong rope]

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painter
"artist who paints pictures," mid-14c., from O.Fr. peintour, from L. pictor, from pingere (see paint). Sense of "workman who colors surfaces with paint" is from c.1400; as a surname, it is attested from mid-13c., but impossible to say which sense is meant.
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Example sentences
Escher is a painter who enjoys playing with mathematical structure.
Unless you know that the painter accurately painted a real event.
His ambition was to be a painter, but a stint at art school left him
  dissatisfied with his talent.
One can only wonder what the iconoclastic painter would have made of the war on
  terror.
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