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    Artist or Artiste

    As we know that artist refers to a person who draws, and artiste refers to an actor. But recently I had read in newspaper and they use artist for actor.

    Are both words allow to interchange nowadays?

    Please advise.

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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    I think 'artiste' is not widely used these days, nor was the distinction ever widely made.

    Nowadays the term 'artist' is used for almost any kind of creative endeavor - painters, musicians, actors, authors, sculptors, even cooks.

    One local hair salon even bills its staff as "hair artists", presumably to justify their higher prices. Of course, they also call themselves a "hair palace", whatever that's supposed to mean.
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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    Yuk! A hair palace? Not a place I'd want to stay!
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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    etc128, see also the Similar Thread with the almost identical title below.

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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    When artiste was more common, I heard it used more for singers and dancers than actors in the UK. However, it isn't used much nowadays.

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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    To me, "artiste" sounds pretentious, to the point of being comical.
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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    It's very common where I live, and a perfectly normal label for a professional entertainer.

    etc128, the two words are very far from being interchangeable.

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    Re: Artist or Artiste

    As an American, I hear "artiste" and it sounds dated and almost comical.
    Singers, actors, painters, sculptors - all are artists for us.
    Whether the fine arts or the performing arts, we use "artists."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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