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 artistic (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 There is an intrinsic passion that runs adjacent to their journey forward, nurturing the arts and the entire umbrella that merges all forms of talent, embracing a united form of supportive artistic evolution. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Bottega Veneta And Creative Director Daniel Lee Curate Salon 01," 4 Mar. 2021 In her honor, friends and admirers have established The Ann Reinking Scholarship, a $5,000 annual award and mentorship for a young dancer moving to New York City to help support them in their artistic endeavors. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Scholarship created to honor choreographer Ann Reinking," 4 Mar. 2021 Her children’s names celebrate her artistic creativity: Elyzzabeth, Viktoriah, Xzavier. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Karen’s better half? Darren, obviously.," 4 Mar. 2021 This event, available though Saturday, heralded the artistic purity of the show that had started on East 4th Street. Chris Jones,, "Column: A quarter-century later, the musical ‘Rent’ still resonates," 4 Mar. 2021 And The Good Fight was the best argument for CBS All Access as a style, a mood, a whole artistic perspective. Darren Franich,, "Farewell, CBS All Access," 3 Mar. 2021 This is less an artistic choice than a reflection of Eilish’s real life, which has been unusually family-centric. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Billie Eilish’s Unconventional Pop-Star Documentary," 3 Mar. 2021 Theater al fresco has always been part of South Florida’s artistic fabric, particularly during the months when weather tends to be pleasant. Christine Dolen,, "Theater makers embrace outdoor shows in pivot to normalcy," 3 Mar. 2021 Per Hyperallergic, a second artistic friendship underscored by the collection is that of Frida Kahlo and Mexican photographer and gallerist Lola Álvarez Bravo, who gave Kahlo her only solo show in Mexico during her lifetime. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Major Donation to MoMA Spotlights a Century of Women Photographers," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of artistic

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artistic

in part from artist + -ic entry 1, in part from art entry 1 + -istic

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The first known use of artistic was circa 1753

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7 Mar 2021

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“Artistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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