\ ˈär-tē How to pronounce arty (audio) \
artier; artiest

Definition of arty

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: showily or pretentiously artistic arty lighting and photography

Definition of arty (Entry 2 of 2)


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Other Words from arty


artily \ ˈär-​tə-​lē How to pronounce artily (audio) \ adverb
artiness \ ˈär-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce artiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of arty in a Sentence


some arty intellectual type who doesn't know the meaning of hard work a rock band with arty pretensions

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Less than two years later, the Cars were on top of the rock ‘n’ roll world, playing a crisp, arty brand of power pop that would lead the way into New Wave., "Ric Ocasek of the Cars outside Syncro Sound Studio in Boston in 1984.," 17 Sep. 2019 The concrete spheres were created in 2001 by artists Steven Gillman and Katherine Keefer and make great hide-and-seek inspiration for littles, as well as arty photo backdrops for the bigs. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "12 coolest Bay Area things you didn’t know you could do," 29 July 2019 This month’s edition of South First Fridays lands this week, with lots of new art on display at galleries and other venues in downtown San Jose’s arty SoFA district and a street market along South First Street with music, artists and food trucks. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Visit Reid-Hillview airport while you can at Hot San Jose Nights," 5 Sep. 2019 Next to hunting down zombies in a virtual reality game, seeing Lady Gaga in concert or hanging out at an arty day club with DJ Marshmello working the decks. Elaine Glusac,, "See ya, Celine. Hello, Gaga. Vegas is getting a millennial makeover as resorts cater to the next generation of hedonists.," 27 Aug. 2019 Unlike its artier French contemporary cinéma vérité, in which the filmmaker’s hand was always evident, direct-cinema filmmakers practiced a non-interventionist mode, in which the director was a fly on the wall. Eric Harvey, Los Angeles Times, "Remember rock stars? With Bob Dylan and ‘Dont Look Back,’ D.A. Pennebaker invented the ideal," 4 Aug. 2019 But fun can be dangerous: Frenchman Philippe (Sidney Robote) chides all these arty young subversives for simply copying European cultural models, because people are dying from overdoses and AIDS. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'This Is Not Berlin' ('Esto no es Berlin'): Film Review," 29 June 2019 By most accounts, Broadway is enjoying a new golden age, an era marked by arty musicals, powerhouse dramas and year after year of record-breaking grosses. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Five Things to Watch For at Sunday’s Tony Awards," 8 June 2019 The scene has strains the arty pool photos that have become popular in the past few years, thanks to drone photography. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the References in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video," 17 June 2019

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arty was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of arty

informal + usually disapproving : artistic in a way that seems insincere or too extreme

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