A painter is an artist who uses a brush to daub colors onto paper or canvas. The person who tints your bedroom walls pink at your request is also a painter.

The main thing painters have in common is that they use paint — whether it's watercolor, house paint, or finger paint. If you hire a painter to paint your portrait, you'll end up with a work of art suitable for framing. And if you hire a painter to paint your house green, you'll end up with a green house. If a sailboat captain mentions a painter, they're probably referring to the special rope used for towing or tying up a boat.

Definitions of painter
  1. noun
    an artist who paints
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    Leon Battista Alberti
    Italian architect and painter; pioneering theoretician of Renaissance architecture (1404-1472)
    Vanessa Stephen
    English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
    Thomas Hart Benton
    United States artist whose paintings portrayed life in the Midwest and South (1889-1975)
    William Blake
    visionary British poet and painter (1757-1827)
    Georges Braque
    French painter who led the cubist movement (1882-1963)
    Paul Cezanne
    French Post-impressionist painter who influenced modern art (especially cubism) by stressing the structural components latent in nature (1839-1906)
    Marc Chagall
    French painter (born in Russia) noted for his imagery and brilliant colors (1887-1985)
    Giorgio de Chirico
    Italian painter (born in Greece) whose deep shadows and barren landscapes strongly influenced the surrealists (1888-1978)
    John Constable
    English landscape painter (1776-1837)
    John Singleton Copley
    American painter who did portraits of Paul Revere and John Hancock before fleeing to England to avoid the American Revolution (1738-1815)
    Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
    French painter of Italian landscapes (1796-1875)
    Gustave Courbet
    French painter noted for his realistic depiction of everyday scenes (1819-1877)
    Salvador Dali
    surrealist Spanish painter (1904-1989)
    Honore Daumier
    French painter best known for his satirical lithographs of bourgeois society (1808-1879)
    Jacques Louis David
    French neoclassical painter who actively supported the French Revolution (1748-1825)
    Stuart Davis
    United States painter who developed an American version of cubism (1894-1964)
    Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
    French impressionist painter (1834-1917)
    Willem de Kooning
    United States painter (born in the Netherlands) who was a leading American exponent of abstract expressionism (1904-1997)
    Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix
    French romantic painter (1798-1863)
    Andre Derain
    French painter and exponent of fauvism (1880-1954)
    Raoul Dufy
    French painter noted for brightly colored scenes (1877-1953)
    Max Ernst
    painter (born in Germany, resident of France and the United States) who was a cofounder of dadaism; developed the technique of collage (1891-1976)
    Jean Honore Fragonard
    French artist whose rococo paintings typified the frivolity of life in the royal court of France in the 18th century (1732-1806)
    Roger Eliot Fry
    English painter and art critic (1866-1934)
    Thomas Gainsborough
    English portrait and landscape painter (1727-1788)
    Paul Gauguin
    French Post-impressionist painter who worked in the South Pacific (1848-1903)
    Alberto Giacometti
    Swiss sculptor and painter known for his bronze sculptures of elongated figures (1901-1966)
    Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
    Spanish painter well known for his portraits and for his satires (1746-1828)
    Duncan James Corrow Grant
    Scottish painter; cousin of Lytton Strachey and member of the Bloomsbury Group (1885-1978)
    Jaun Gris
    Spanish cubist painter (1887-1927)
    Frederick Childe Hassam
    United States painter noted for brilliant colors and bold brushwork (1859-1935)
    Katsushika Hokusai
    Japanese painter whose work influenced the impressionists (1760-1849)
    Winslow Homer
    United States painter best known for his seascapes (1836-1910)
    Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
    French classical painter (1780-1867)
    Wassily Kandinski
    Russian painter who was a pioneer of abstract art (1866-1944)
    Rockwell Kent
    United States painter noted for his woodcuts (1882-1971)
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
    German expressionist painter (1880-1938)
    Paul Klee
    Swiss painter influenced by Kandinsky (1879-1940)
    Gustav Klimt
    Austrian painter influenced by art nouveau (1862-1918)
    Franz Joseph Kline
    United States abstract expressionist painter (1910-1962)
    Lee Krasner
    United States artist remembered for her spontaneous approach to painting; she was a founder of the New York school of abstract expressionism (1908-1984)
    Sir Thomas Lawrence
    English portrait painter remembered for the series of portraits of the leaders of the alliance against Napoleon (1769-1830)
    Fernand Leger
    French painter who was an early cubist (1881-1955)
    Roy Lichtenstein
    United States painter who was a leading exponent of pop art (1923-1997)
    Laurence Stephen Lowry
    English painter (1887-1976)
    Rene Magritte
    Belgian surrealist painter (1898-1967)
    Kazimir Severinovich Malevich
    Russian abstract painter (1878-1935)
    Edouard Manet
    French painter whose work influenced the impressionists (1832-1883)
    Andrea Mantegna
    Italian painter and engraver noted for his frescoes (1431-1506)
    Reginald Marsh
    United States painter (1898-1954)
    Henri Emile Benoit Matisse
    French painter and sculptor; leading figure of fauvism (1869-1954)
    Jean Francois Millet
    French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)
    Joan Miro
    Spanish surrealist painter (1893-1983)
    Amedeo Modigliano
    Italian painter and sculptor (1884-1920)
    Claude Monet
    French impressionist painter (1840-1926)
    Samuel Finley Breese Morse
    United States portrait painter who patented the telegraph and developed the Morse code (1791-1872)
    Anna Mary Robertson Moses
    United States painter of colorful and primitive rural scenes (1860-1961)
    Robert Motherwell
    United States abstract expressionist painter (1915-1991)
    Edvard Munch
    Norwegian painter (1863-1944)
    Bartolome Esteban Murillo
    Spanish painter (1617-1682)
    Georgia Okeeffe
    United States painter (1887-1986)
    Maxfield Frederick Parrish
    United States painter (1870-1966)
    Pablo Picasso
    prolific and influential Spanish artist who lived in France (1881-1973)
    Jackson Pollock
    United States artist famous for painting with a drip technique; a leader of abstract expressionism in America (1912-1956)
    Sir Joshua Reynolds
    English portrait painter and first president of the Royal Academy (1723-1792)
    Mark Rothko
    United States abstract painter (born in Russia) whose paintings are characterized by horizontal bands of color with indistinct boundaries (1903-1970)
    Le Douanier Rousseau
    French primitive painter (1844-1910)
    John Singer Sargent
    United States painter (born in Italy) known for his society portraits (1856-1925)
    Georges Pierre Seurat
    French painter who developed pointillism (1859-1891)
    Benjamin Shahn
    United States artist whose work reflected social and political themes (1898-1969)
    David Alfaro Siqueiros
    Mexican painter of murals depicting protest and revolution (1896-1974)
    Chaim Soutine
    French expressionist painter (born in Lithuania) (1893-1943)
    Frank Philip Stella
    United States minimalist painter (born in 1936)
    Gilbert Charles Stuart
    United States painter best known for his portraits of George Washington (1755-1828)
    Thomas Sully
    United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
    Yves Tanguy
    United States surrealist painter (born in France) (1900-1955)
    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    Italian painter (1696-1770)
    Mark Tobey
    United States abstract painter influenced by oriental calligraphy (1890-1976)
    Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
    French painter who portrayed life in the cafes and music halls of Montmartre (1864-1901)
    John Trumbull
    American painter of historical scenes (1756-1843)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    English landscape painter whose treatment of light and color influenced the French impressionists (1775-1851)
    Maurice Utrillo
    French painter noted for his paintings of Parisian street scenes (1883-1955)
    Vincent van Gogh
    Dutch Post-impressionist painter noted for his use of color (1853-1890)
    Viktor Vasarely
    French painter (born in Hungary) who was a pioneer of op art (1908-1997)
    Giorgio Vasari
    Italian painter and art historian (1511-1574)
    Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
    French painter noted for her portraits (1755-1842)
    Maurice de Vlaminck
    French painter and exponent of fauvism (1876-1958)
    Jean Edouard Vuillard
    French painter (1868-1940)
    Andy Warhol
    United States artist who was a leader of the Pop Art movement (1930-1987)
    Max Weber
    United States abstract painter (born in Russia) (1881-1961)
    Benjamin West
    English painter (born in America) who became the second president of the Royal Academy (1738-1820)
    James Abbott McNeill Whistler
    United States painter (1834-1903)
    Grant Wood
    United States painter noted for works based on life in the Midwest (1892-1942)
    Andrew Wyeth
    United States painter (born in 1917)
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    abstract artist, abstractionist
    a painter of abstract pictures
    a painter able to achieve special effects with color
    an artist who adheres to the principles of cubism
    an unskilled painter
    a painter who introduces distortions
    Fauve, fauvist
    a member of a group of French painters who followed fauvism
    genre painter
    a painter of scenes from everyday life
    a painter who follows the theories of Impressionism
    someone who paints landscapes
    someone who paints tiny pictures in great detail
    a painter of murals
    oil painter
    a painter who uses oil paints
    old master
    a great European painter prior to 19th century
    a painter who uses the technique of pointillism
    limner, portrait painter, portraitist, portrayer
    a painter or drawer of portraits
    Post-impressionist, Postimpressionist
    an artist of the Postimpressionist school who revolted against Impressionism
    a painter who represents the world realistically and not in an idealized or romantic style
    scene painter, scenic artist
    an artist specializing in scenic subjects
    watercolorist, watercolourist
    a painter who paints with watercolors
    an artist of the school of suprematism
    type of:
    artist, creative person
    a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
  2. noun
    a worker who is employed to cover objects with paint
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    a painter who applies a finishing coat
    house painter
    a painter of houses a similar buildings
    a painter of letters
    scene painter
    a painter of theatrical scenery
    sign painter
    someone who paints signs and billboards etc.
    a painter who stipples (creates a stippled effect)
    someone who applies a finishing coat of varnish
    type of:
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
  3. noun
    a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing)
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    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
  4. noun
    large American feline resembling a lion
    synonyms: Felis concolor, catamount, cougar, mountain lion, panther, puma
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    type of:
    any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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