rhyming with feast and meaning ‘a professional performer, especially a singer or dancer’, is a separate borrowing from French and not a feminine form of artist, which has the distinct meaning of someone who works in one of the fine arts. Artiste, which carries no notion of artistry, is now regarded as at best an affectation and at worst an insult; usually a word such as performer would do just as well. Examples:

• Distinguished people make a practice of visiting the opera, and pull rank so as to meet the artistes, especially attractive females —R. Butters, 1991.

• Bollywood might soon be a viable ticket to superstardom for these artistes —The Week (India), 2004.

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