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Rousseau (painter)


a French primitive painter (born: 1844 – died: 1910)


person noun (people)

Type of:

painter » artist » creator » person

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Princeton WordNet


Originally a French nickname for someone with red hair. Cognate to English ...
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Henri Rousseau | Henri Julien Félix Rousseau
(Born: 21 May 1844, Laval, Mayenne – Died: 2 September 1910(1910-09-02) (aged 66), Paris, France)

a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector. Ridiculed during his lifetime, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose... (41 of 2228 words, 20 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Henri Rousseau

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Henri Rousseau [French painter] | le Douanier (French: "the Customs Officer") [byname]
(Born: May 21, 1844, Laval, France – Died: September 2, 1910, Paris)

French painter who is considered the archetype of the modern naive artist. He's known for his richly coloured and meticulously detailed pictures of ... (23 of 800 words, 7 images)


Collins Dictionary:

Rousseau [French] | Henri Rousseau [sense-specific] | Jean Jacques Rousseau [sense-specific] | Théodore Rousseau [sense-specific] | le Douanier [synonym, sense-specific]

1844-1910, French painter, who created bold dreamlike pictures, often of ... | 1712-78, French philosopher and writer, born in Switzerland, who ... (20 of 426 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

Rousseau, Henri | Henri Rousseau
(Born: 1844 – Died: 1910)

French primitive painter, born: Laval. He was entirely self-taught, and his work remained consistently naive and imaginative. Rousseau was called "Le ... (21 of 288 words, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

Rousseau | Henri Rousseau | Jean Jacques Rousseau | Théodore Rousseau

French primitive painter of portraits, still lifes, city scenes, and metaphorical works, such as "The Snake Charmer" (1907). | Swiss philosopher and ... (21 of 81 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

Henri Rousseau | Rousseau, Henri | Henri Julien Rousseau

(1844-1910) , French painter; known as le Douanier ("customs officer"). After retiring as a customs official in 1893, he created bold and colourful ... (23 of 68 words, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

Rousseau | Le Douanier [sense-specific] | Henri Rousseau [sense-specific] | Rousseau, Henri [sense-specific] | Jean Rosseau [sense-specific] | Rousseau, Jean [sense-specific] | Jean Jacques Rousseau [sense-specific] | Rosseau, Jean [sense-specific] | Rousseau, Jean Jacques [sense-specific] | ...

"Henri Rousseau": 1844-1910, French painter. | "Jean Jacques Rousseau": 1712-1778, French philosopher, author, and social reformer; born in ... (17 of 49 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)



Henri-Julien-Félix Rousseau | Rousseau | Henri Rousseau | le Douanier
(Born: 1844 – Died: 1910)

French painter (2 of 15 words, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

Rousseau | Le Douanier [sense-specific]

Rousseau, Henri 1844-1910; French primitive painter (The Customs Officer) | (ro̵̅o̅ sō″)Rousseau, Jean Jacques 1712-78; French political philosopher & ... (18 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)




A surname. | Jean-Jacques Rousseau Swiss philosopher (6 of 8 words, 2 definitions)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

painter [countable] | painters [plural]

an artist who paints pictures | someone whose job is to paint walls, doors etc or the outside of houses and other buildings | a rope fixed to the ... (27 of 76 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


someone who paints pictures | someone whose job is to paint surfaces, such as walls and doors (16 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

mountain lion [United States, regional] | mountain lions [plural] | Felis concolor [species] | catamount [vertebrates] | catamounts [vertebrates, plural] | catamountains [vertebrates, plural] | catamountain [vertebrates] | cougar [vertebrates] | cougars [plural] | ...

a large wild cat with a light tan coat. Native to: mountains of the western hemisphere. (16 of 77 words)

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painter [entry 1] | painters [plural]

an artist who paints pictures | somebody whose job is to cover surfaces with paint, especially to paint the interiors of buildings (21 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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painter [entry 2] | painters [plural]

a rope attached to the front of a boat that is used to tie it to something such as a mooring (21 of 54 words, pronunciation)

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Etymology reference



Origin: Originally a French nickname for someone with red hair. Cognate to English Russell.


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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


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