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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Art"ist
  1. One who practices some mechanic art or craft; an artisan.(Obs)"How to build ships, and dreadful ordnance cast, Instruct the articles and reward their." [Waller.]
  2. One who professes and practices an art in which science and taste preside over the manual execution.
  3. One who shows trained skill or rare taste in any manual art or occupation.
  4. An artful person; a schemer.(Obs)
    synonyms: Artisan. See Artisan.

Note: ☞ The term is particularly applied to painters, sculptors, musicians, engravers, and architects.

Etymology: F. artiste, LL. artista, fr. L. ars. See Art (n.), and cf. Artiste

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination

From French artiste, from Italian artista, from late Latin artista, from ars (“art”).

  1. A person who creates art.
  2. A person who creates art as an occupation.
  3. A person who is skilled at some activity.
  4. A recording artist.

artist was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Friulian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Serbo-Croatian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Artist

Artist Namboothiri is a in the fields of painter, sculptor, painting, and sculpture. Artist was born on September 10th, 1925 in Karuvattu Mana, Ponnani.


Artist Krishn Kanhai is a painter. Artist was born as the child of Kanhai Chitrakar on August 21st, 1961 in Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. Artist is also known as krishna chitrakar.


Artist was born in 1933.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Artist

Jacob Artist is an actor, singer, and dancer. He was most prominent from 2011 to present. Jacob was born on October 17th, 1992 in Buffalo, New York.


The was given the name Baron Batch on December 21st, 1987 in Odessa, Texas.


Sab the Artist is a hip hop music, pop music, rhythm, and blues rapping, singer-songwriter, and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Sab was given the name Musab Saad . Sab is also known as Beyond, Musab, SAB, Minnesota Slicks, and General Woundwart.



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Popularity of Artist as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Artist U.S.
  White 38.46% 64.26%
  African American 54.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Artist

People with the last name Artist are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Artist

  • How Popular is the name Artist? Artist is the 25,586th most popular name of all time. As a last name Artist was the 40,144th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Artist have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 220 babies born with the first name Artist in the United States. That's more than enough people named Artist to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Artist? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Artist first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Artist is Wednesday, February 13th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Artist born? The highest recorded use of the first name Artist was in 2017 with a total of 23 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Artist: Your name in reverse order is Tsitra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tastri. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Artist? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 546 people with the last name Artist.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Artist? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Artist as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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