Definition of Old master

1. Noun. A great European painter prior to 19th century.

Definition of Old master

1. Noun. Any of various early European painters whose works are regarded as superlative. ¹

2. Noun. A painting by an Old Master. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Old Master

old gold
old growth
old guard
old guards
old habits die hard
old hag syndrome
old hand
old hat
old lace
old lady
old maid
old maid flower
old man
old man's beard
old man of the mountain
old master (current term)
old mate
old men
old moon
old moons
old pence
old pennies
old penny
old person
old rose
old salt
old saw
old saws
old school

Literary usage of Old master

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"three years and six months after his death, my old master himself died, ... On the death of old master, I was immediately sent for, to be valued and divided ..."

2. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1857)
"To My old master, Thomas Auld. SIR—The long and intimate, though by no means friendly, relation which unhappily subsisted between you and myself, ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly (1885)
"A VERY old master. I HE work of art which lies before me is old, ... It is a bas-relief by an old master, considerably more antique in origin than the most ..."

4. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"Turn again 1 ' Then halted Meir ; and looking in the face Of his old master, ... old master ..."

5. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini (1910)
"... put me a multitude of questions, saying: "Tell me, Benvenuto, minutely, in what consists the skill of this old master, which so excites your admiration. ..."

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