• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɔːtɹɪt/, (rare) IPA: /ˈpɔːtɹeɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɔɹtɹət/, (rare) IPA: /ˈpɔɹtɹeɪt/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /ˈpoʊɹtɹət/, (rare) IPA: /ˈpoʊɹtɹeɪt/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /ˈpoətɹɪt/, (rare) IPA: /ˈpoətɹeɪt/


  1. (countable) A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders.
    • 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. (countable, 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.
Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: portrait
  • German: Hochformat
  • Italian: ritratto
  • Russian: портретный

portrait (portraits, present participle portraiting; past and past participle portraited)

  1. (obsolete) To portray; to draw.

portrait (not comparable)

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

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