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EnglishEdit

 
The Mona Lisa, a portrait.
 
Portrait layout

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French portraict, pourtraict, nominal use of the past participle of portraire (portray), from Latin prōtrahō.

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NounEdit

portrait (plural portraits)

  1. A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.
    • Sir J. Reynolds
      In portraits, the grace, and, we may add, the likeness, consists more in the general air than in the exact similitude of every feature.
  2. (figuratively) An accurate depiction of a person, a mood, etc.
    The author painted a good portrait of urban life in New York in his latest book.
  3. (computing, printing) A print orientation where the vertical sides are longer than the horizontal sides.

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portrait (third-person singular simple present portraits, present participle portraiting, simple past and past participle portraited)

  1. (obsolete) To portray; to draw.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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portrait (not comparable)

  1. Representing the actual features of an individual; not ideal.
    a portrait bust; a portrait statue

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portrait m (plural portraits)

  1. portrait
  2. description (of a person or things)

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portrait m (plural portraits)

  1. (Jersey) portrait