ar·​tis·​tic | \ är-ˈti-stik How to pronounce artistic (audio) \

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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artistically \ är-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce artistically (audio) \ adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But kudos to artistic director Marissa Wolf for finally bringing the party to the Pearl District. oregonlive, "Portland Center Stage gives ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ a raucous homecoming," 7 Jan. 2020 Tucker serves as the artistic director for the organization. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Who Is Adam Driver's Wife, Joanne Tucker, the Co-Founder of Arts In The Armed Forces?," 5 Jan. 2020 But no one in his life had supported his artistic abilities. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "She took a chance on a homeless man. Eighteen years later, they’re still in love," 31 Dec. 2019 Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, is well ahead of the game—by 34 years, to be exact. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Virgil Abloh Is Creating Travel Gear for the Year 2054," 19 Dec. 2019 Both parents had artistic abilities; his mother had attended the Art Institute of Chicago for a time. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Gahan Wilson, Vividly Macabre Cartoonist, Dies at 89," 22 Nov. 2019 The two caught a break when Santoro’s artistic abilities got him – and then O’Donnell – in the door at Hydraulx, a special effects studio founded by brothers Greg and Colin Strause., "Liam O’Donnell," 28 Oct. 2019 Magik Theatre named Anthony Runfola artistic director in September. Deborah Martin,, "San Antonio's biggest art and entertainment moments of 2019, from 'Hamilton' to Ruby City," 23 Dec. 2019 Directed by Matthew Warchus, the two-hander was staged in October at London's Old Vic, where Warchus is artistic director. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Claire Foy and Matt Smith Set U.S. Stage Debuts in 'Lungs'," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Artistic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce artistic (audio)

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 How to pronounce artistic (audio) \

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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