art form


Definition of art form

1 : a form or medium of expression recognized as fine art sees dance as both an art form and an entertainment
2a : an unconventional form or medium in which impulses regarded as artistic may be expressed describe pinball as a great American art form— Tom Buckley
b : an undertaking or activity enhanced by a high level of skill or refinement easy conversation—an art form in peril of being lost to contemporary schedules— Joanna Pruess

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The personality evident in many of Brodsky’s tattoos is a testament to the art form’s power. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 Here, two of our favorite hosts weigh in with clever strategies that elevate entertaining to an art form. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Cora Ginsburg has been synonymous with the art form for more than 60 years. Zoe Settle, ELLE Decor, "Top Sources for Vintage Textiles," 15 May 2011 Tattooing has long been inspired by many other art forms, from watercolor and oil paintings to photography and line-sketch drawings. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "These Embroidery Tattoos are Jaw-Droppingly Realistic," 10 Apr. 2019 Hosting a truly great dinner party is an art form, the work of many moving parts that look deceptively simple when your guests are finally in the room. Mackenzie Wagoner, Bon Appetit, "How to Throw a Healthyish Dinner Party When It's Cold Outside," 11 Jan. 2018 As Hersch pointed out, there’s nothing inherently unusual about discovering a serious art form like classical music at that age. David Weininger,, "An extraordinary late bloomer makes a musical mark," 9 May 2018 Love is magic, movies are magic, and so a specific art form about the human heart arises. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Amy Schumer’s Head Injury," 20 Apr. 2018 The British have raised elision to a whimsical art form. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "You're Probably Pronouncing These British Towns Incorrectly," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of art form

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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