ar·tis·tic | \är-ˈtis-tik \

Definition of artistic 

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of art or artists artistic subjects an artistic success

2 : showing imaginative skill in arrangement or execution artistic photography

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Other Words from artistic

artistically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for artistic




nonartistic, noncultural

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Examples of artistic in a Sentence

a work of artistic value He shows real artistic talent. Both of my children are very artistic.
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The store’s modern styling also is a nod to the fashion house’s new men’s artistic director, streetwear designer Virgil Abloh (also known as Kanye West’s personal creative director). Candice Baker Yacono,, "Louis Vuitton South Coast Plaza reopens with store-exclusive merchandise," 12 July 2018 Abloh, who was recently named artistic director of Louis Vuitton, surely lent some of his designer edge to the stylish compositions. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Boys Noize & Virgil Abloh Drop 3-Track Industrial 'Orvnge' EP: Listen," 13 July 2018 The Badass Bitches tour is designed to be intersectional and discuss women from multiple artistic traditions. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Badass Bitches museum tour: for those who like their art with feminism and swearing," 2 July 2018 Now the company is set to reinvent itself again under new artistic director Garrett Anderson. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Ballet Idaho's new artistic director will bring some of world's top talent to Boise," 27 June 2018 Her novel, crucially, drew from an artistic tradition that historically relied on fraught language about race and gender. Kelly Coyne, The Atlantic, "The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis," 22 May 2018 Today, as gentrification begins to slowly price young people and artistic types out of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Dundee has become an emerging hub for Scottish creativity. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 After the crash, a number of friends recalled the family as joyful and artistic. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Cakes, Cookies and Creativity I’ve always had an artistic side. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creative cakes for kids turned into a small business for Wauwatosa woman," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of artistic

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of artistic was circa 1753

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English Language Learners Definition of artistic

: relating to art or artists

: having or showing the skill of an artist


ar·tis·tic | \är-ˈti-stik \

Kids Definition of artistic

1 : relating to art or artists

2 : having or showing skill and imagination

Other Words from artistic

artistically \-sti-kə-lē \ adverb

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