What does artiste mean?

artiste meaning in General Dictionary

One peculiarly dexterous and tasteful in virtually any work as an opera performer a hairdresser a cook

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  • 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.

artiste meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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]


artiste meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) One peculiarly dexterous and tasteful in nearly every work, as an opera performer, a hairdresser, a cook.