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Definition of Portrait


  1. The likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face painted from real life.
  2. Hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words.
  3. To portray; to draw.

Portrait Quotations

The portrait of my parents is a complicated one, but lovingly drawn.
Joyce Maynard

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show to the world... Every so often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe.
Irving Penn

Your library is your portrait.
Holbrook Jackson

For years, I've had a hankering for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis. Franklin is credited with so many inventions: the postal system, lightning rods, the constitution. He was a rock star before there was such a thing.
Jon Bon Jovi
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Portrait Translations

portrait in Danish is billede
portrait in Dutch is evenbeeld, beeltenis, portret
portrait in French is portrait
portrait in Portuguese is retrato
portrait in Spanish is retrato
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