Artist vs. Artiste

By Jaxson

  • Artist

    An artist is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts, or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers (less often for actors). “Artiste” (the French for artist) is a variant used in English only in this context; this use is becoming rare. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.

  • Artist (noun)

    A person who creates art.

  • Artist (noun)

    A person who is skilled at some activity.

  • Artist (noun)

    A recording artist.

  • Artist (adjective)


  • Artiste (noun)

    A public performer, especially of song or dance.

  • Artiste (noun)

    Any person with artistic skill, such as a hairdresser or a cook.


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