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painter (n.1)

early 14c., peintour, "artist who paints pictures," from Old French peintor, from Latin pictor "a painter," from pingere (see paint (v.)). Sense of "workman who colors surfaces with paint" is from c. 1400. As a surname, Painter is attested from mid-13c. but it is difficult to say which sense is meant. Related: Painterly.

painter (n.2)

mid-14c., "rope or chain that holds an anchor to a ship's side," probably from Old French peintor, ultimately from Latin pendere "to hang, cause to hang" (from PIE root *(s)pen- "to draw, stretch, spin"). Extended generally to "rope attached to the bow of a boat."

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Definitions of painter from WordNet

painter (n.)
an artist who paints;
painter (n.)
a worker who is employed to cover objects with paint;
painter (n.)
a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing);
painter (n.)
large American feline resembling a lion;
Synonyms: cougar / puma / catamount / mountain lion / panther / Felis concolor
From wordnet.princeton.edu