One peculiarly dexterous and tasteful in virtually any work as an opera performer a hairdresser a cook
- a public performer (a dancer or singer)
- One peculiarly dexterous and stylish in just about any employment, as an opera performer, a hairdresser, a cook.
1819 in English, from 1804 as a French word, from French artiste; a reborrowing of artist, in the beginning in a foreign context, later on regularly fill the gap after the sense of musician had become limited toward the visual arts and particularly painting. Artiste: an admirable word (albeit somewhat Frenchified) lately applied, with great discrimination, to each and every types of exhibitor, from a rope-dancer right down to only painter or sculptor. On considering little Entick (my great authority within these things), we discover we have already the term singer; however with stupid English perversity, we have hitherto made use of that in an infinitely more limited good sense than its newly-imported rival, which it really is getting the wonderful fashion to adopt. ["Paul Pry's Journal of a Residence at Little-Pedlington," Philadelphia, 1836]
(letter.) One peculiarly dexterous and tasteful in nearly every work, as an opera performer, a hairdresser, a cook.