art form


: a form or medium of expression recognized as fine art
sees dance as both an art form and an entertainment
: an unconventional form or medium in which impulses regarded as artistic may be expressed
describe pinball as a great American art formTom Buckley
: 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 schedulesJoanna Pruess

Examples of art form in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The revitalization of this art form and tradition is the collective work of a younger generation. Shivani Somaiya, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 Baroque Neapolitan Crèche The city of Naples is synonymous with the crèche, or Nativity scene, an art form that reached its apogee there in the eighteenth century. The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Through scholarships, free community workshops, artist residencies and professional development training, Pot is committed to expanding the reach of this therapeutic art form. Kamren Curiel, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Elevated to an art form by Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, talking smack is now a massive part of competitive videogaming, for better or worse. Herb Scribner, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 Some breakers are concerned that the Olympics will strip the soul from the struggle that breaking sprung from and contend that breaking is an art form, not a sport. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Fosse is a writer who uses language, typically in slow, repetitive ways, to convey emotions and experiences that other art forms cannot. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2023 An audience hungry for literary storytelling overlapped with the audience for cinematic storytelling, and English was the lucky lingua franca of these two mass art forms. James Wood, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 A number of organizations, such as the American Craft Council in the US and the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) in the UK, believe these heritage art forms represent the soul of destinations. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of art form was in 1851

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“Art form.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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