[pawr-trit, -treyt, pohr-]
a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph: a gallery of family portraits.
a verbal picture or description, usually of a person: a biography that provides a fascinating portrait of an 18th-century rogue.

1560–70; < Middle French: a drawing, image, etc., noun use of past participle of portraire to portray

portraitlike, adjective
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portrait (ˈpɔːtrɪt, -treɪt)
1.  a.  a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, or other likeness of an individual, esp of the face
 b.  (as modifier): a portrait gallery
2.  a verbal description or picture, esp of a person's character
3.  printing Compare landscape (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater height than width

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (in portreyture), from M.Fr. portrait, from O.Fr. portret (13c.), noun use of pp. of portraire "to paint, depict" (see portray).
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Example sentences
His value as literary material had been realized in part, but no satisfactory portrait of him had been drawn.
But her portrait was always a mosaic, never a simple story of struggle.
However, a clearer portrait of pleasure is now emerging.
We challenged our readers to give us their best portrait photos and vote on
  which ones they liked best.
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