1 a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, esp. one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.
• a representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film : the writer builds up a full and fascinating portrait of a community.
2 [as adj. ] (of a page, book, or illustration, or the manner in which it is set or printed) higher than it is wide : you can print landscape and portrait pages in the same document. Compare with landscape (sense 2).
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French portraire ‘portray.