adjective \ˌre-dē-ˈmād\

: prepared in advance for immediate use

: already created or provided

Full Definition of READY-MADE

:  made beforehand especially for general sale <ready–made suits>
:  lacking originality or individuality
:  readily available <her illness provided a ready–made excuse>

First Known Use of READY-MADE

15th century



Definition of READY-MADE

:  something (as a garment) that is ready-made
usually ready·made [French ready-made, from English] :  a commonplace artifact (as a comb or ice tongs) selected and shown as a work of art

First Known Use of READY-MADE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Everyday object selected and designated as art. The name was coined by Marcel Duchamp, whose first ready-mades included a snow shovel that he picked up on a snowy day in New York, and a wheel mounted on a stool (1913). They represented a protest against the excessive importance attached to works of art. Duchamp's anti-aesthetic gestures made him one of the leading Dadaists of his day, and his ready-made concept, though widely regarded for decades as an insult to art, was adapted by such later artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns.


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