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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "artista" is a noun which is often translated as "artist". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "artista" below.
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (general)
a. the
El gato está en el tejado.The cat is on the roof.
El teléfono estaba encima de la mesa.The telephone was on top of the table.
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el artista, la artista(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (fine arts)
a. artist
Van Gogh es mi artista favorito.Van Gogh is my favorite artist.
2. (performing arts)
a. entertainer
Mi hermana es una artista muy talentosa.My sister is a very talented entertainer.
b. performer
El artista se lesionó durante la obra.The performer was injured during the play.
c. artiste
Edith Piaf fue una artista legendaria.Edith Piaf was a legendary artiste.
3. (skilled person)
a. artist
Mi dentista es un artista en lo que hace.My dentist is an artist at what he does.
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