art form

noun
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

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
2 a : 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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First Known Use of art form

1851

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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