portrait etymology

English word portrait comes from Latin traho, Old French purtraire (To portray (represent using images, words, etc.).)

Detailed word origin of portrait

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
traho Latin (lat) (by extension) I attract the support of, win over.. (figuratively) I attract, draw (someone; their attention). I drag.. I draw out, prolong.. I extract, withdraw.. I plunder, squander.. I trail.
purtraire Old French (fro) To portray (represent using images, words, etc.).
protraho Latin (lat) I bring to light, discover, disclose, reveal, expose, betray.. I drag, pull, draw or bring forth or out (to a place).. I extend, increase.. I lengthen out something as to time; prolong, protract, defer.
portraire Middle French (frm) To portray (represent with images, words, etc.).
pourtraict Middle French (frm)
portrait English (eng) (computing, printing) A print orientation where the vertical sides are longer than the horizontal sides.. (figuratively) An accurate depiction of a person, a mood, etc.. A painting or other picture of a person, especially the head and shoulders. (obsolete) To portray; to draw. Representing the actual features of an individual; not ideal.

Words with the same origin as portrait

Descendants of traho
abstract attract contract contractor distract distraction extract extraction number numerous retract retreat trace traced tract traction tractor train trainee training trait treat treatment treaty