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portrait

[pawr-trit, -treyt, pohr-] /ˈpɔr trɪt, -treɪt, ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph:
a gallery of family portraits.
2.
a verbal picture or description, usually of a person:
a biography that provides a fascinating portrait of an 18th-century rogue.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Middle French: a drawing, image, etc., noun use of past participle of portraire to portray
Related forms
portraitlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for portraitlike

portrait

/ˈpɔːtrɪt; -treɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, or other likeness of an individual, esp of the face
  2. (as modifier): a portrait gallery
2.
a verbal description or picture, esp of a person's character
adjective
3.
(printing) (of a publication or an illustration in a publication) of greater height than width Compare landscape (sense 5a)
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Word Origin and History for portraitlike

portrait

n.

1560s, "a figure, drawn or painted," a back formation from portraiture or directly from Middle French portrait, from Old French portret (13c.), noun use of past participle of portraire "to paint, depict" (see portray). Especially of the head and face of a person.

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