Defining The Word ‘”Portrait”, By Research

Defining the word ‘portrait‘ may have the simplest explanation that one can find on Google search. Not too difficult task, isn’t it?


After many posts written on this art blog, this singular word ‘portrait‘ stumble onto my thought a little.

Questioning myself, have I not fully understand the meaning of ‘portrait’ before shouting “Eureka!” from my jacuzzi bathtub.

To emphasize it ‘a little’ is not to the extend of having nightly insomnia creeping in to steal my beauty sleep.

However, at least for tonight, it did, at the wee-hour of 2.25am, specifically.

To the other extreme, defining the word ‘portrait‘ doesn’t require a distinguished professor with Ph.D to conduct a research and publish it in thick bounded hard-cover book.

I think even if I’m one, I would have already attained Permanent Head Damage miserably.

Perhaps by reading the novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” written by James Joyce, one would define better on the word ‘portrait‘.

If so, a literature scholar is needed to expound the content literally.

Not my cup of tea, either.

So I made a research. Not that kind of tedious research for Ph.D, just simply google on the word ‘portrait‘.

Any nerds could have know how to google. Modern research starts from the internet with no boundaries.

Below is what I have found to define the word ‘portrait’ as a noun.

From Google:

1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

From The Free Dictionary:

1. A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face, that is created by a painter or photographer, for example.
2. A verbal picture or description, especially of a person.
From Wikipedia:
A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.
From Longman English Dictionary:
1. a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person
2. a description or representation of something
From Merriam-Webster:
1. picture; especially : a pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face
2. a sculptured figure : bust
3. a graphic portrayal in words
From Urban Dictionary:
1. a pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face
2. A crafted photograph of an individual. The image must be an experience of the person telling a story and giving the viewer information about the person. Shopping mall photo stores rarely take the time to create a portrait. Those businesses make template shots of humans. They all look the same, but people are not!
A work of art that represents a specific person, a group of people, or an animal. Portraits usually show what a person looks like as well as revealing something about the subject’s personality. Portraits can be made of any sculptural material or in any two-dimensional medium. Portraiture is the field of portrait making and portraits in general.
I certainly hope the above definition helps. Or you may want to share your version of defining the word ‘portrait‘?