a lens of moderately long focal length that is used, especially in portrait photography, to produce soft-focus images.
noun 1. a novel (1881) by Henry James.
[pawr-tri-cher, pohr-] /ˈpɔr trɪ tʃər, ˈpoʊr-/ noun 1. the art or an instance of making . 2. a pictorial representation; . 3. a verbal picture. /ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə/ noun 1. the practice or art of making portraits 2. 3. a verbal description n. mid-14c., from Old French portraiture “portrait, image, portrayal, resemblance” (12c.), from portrait (see portrait).
[pawr-trey, pohr-] /pɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-/ verb (used with object) 1. to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, or the like. 2. to depict in words; describe graphically. 3. to represent dramatically, as on the stage: He portrayed Napoleon in the play. /pɔːˈtreɪ/ verb (transitive) 1. to represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc; make […]
[pawr-trey-uh l, pohr-] /pɔrˈtreɪ əl, poʊr-/ noun 1. the act of . 2. a portrait. n. 1834, from portray + -al (2). The idea formerly was expressed by portray (n.), 1610s.