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portraiture

[pawr-tri-cher, pohr-] /ˈpɔr trɪ tʃər, ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
the art or an instance of making portraits.
2.
a pictorial representation; portrait.
3.
a verbal picture.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French; see portrait, -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for portraitures

portraiture

/ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə/
noun
1.
the practice or art of making portraits
2.
  1. another term for portrait (sense 1)
  2. portraits collectively
3.
a verbal description
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Word Origin and History for portraitures

portraiture

n.

mid-14c., from Old French portraiture "portrait, image, portrayal, resemblance" (12c.), from portrait (see portrait).

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