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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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British Dictionary definitions for painters

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 painters

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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