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painter1

[peyn-ter] /ˈpeɪn tər/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; paint + er1; replacing Middle English peyntour < Anglo-French peintour

painter2

[peyn-ter] /ˈpeɪn tər/
noun
1.
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

painter3

[peyn-ter] /ˈpeɪn tər/
noun
1.
Origin
1755-65, Americanism; variant of panther
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Examples for painter
  • 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.
  • Sorensen is a licensed truck driver, certified forklift operator and a journeyman painter.
  • Again, look for the painter's signature or a certificate of authenticity.
  • Legend has it that a painter who killed himself still haunts the upper levels of the tower.
  • It reinforces the sense, apparent throughout his career, that he is a painter towards the end of painting's history.
  • But in the end it was not the bullying communists who shaped the wiry little painter.
  • Never ask what a painter, playwright, architect or philosopher thought he was doing.
British Dictionary definitions for painter

painter1

/ˈpeɪntə/
noun
1.
a person who paints surfaces as a trade
2.
an artist who paints pictures

painter2

/ˈpeɪntə/
noun
1.
a line attached to the bow of a boat for tying it up
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old French penteur strong rope
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Word Origin and History for painter
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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