A portrait is a portrayal of a person, usually showing the person's face (but not always). A portrait can be a painting, a photograph, an ink drawing, a sculpture — or even a description in words or in a film.

Portrait is a term often used when talking about artwork. Go to an art museum, especially one that has a historic collection, and you'll likely see many portraits hanging on the walls. Formal portraits were commissioned by wealthy people throughout history. A portrait can also be a written description of someone's appearance or character. If you describe your Mom in such detail that everyone can imagine what she's like, you've created a portrait of her.

Definitions of portrait

n any likeness of a person, in any medium

“the photographer made excellent portraits
a portrait showing the body from only the waist up
a portrait of yourself created by yourself
Type of:
likeness, semblance
picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing

n a word picture of a person's appearance and character

portraiture, portrayal
Type of:
characterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, picture, word picture, word-painting
a graphic or vivid verbal description

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