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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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  • 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
n.

"artist who paints pictures," early 14c., from Old French peintor, from Latin pictor "a painter," from pingere (see paint (v.)). Sense of "workman who colors surfaces with paint" is from c.1400. As a surname, Painter is attested from mid-13c. but it is difficult to say which sense is meant. Related: Painterly.

mid-14c., "rope or chain that holds an anchor to a ship's side," from Old French peintor, ultimately from Latin pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).

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