ar·​tis·​tic är-ˈti-stik How to pronounce artistic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of art or artists
artistic subjects
an artistic success
: showing imaginative skill in arrangement or execution
artistic photography
artistically adverb

Examples of artistic in a Sentence

a work of artistic value He shows real artistic talent. Both of my children are very artistic.
Recent Examples on the Web The special award — which was established in 1996 in honor of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla — will recognize Karol for her exceptional commitment to civic, community and humanitarian causes beyond their artistic success. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2023 Rehabilitation Through the Arts, or RTA, is a program that helps people in jail cultivate community through theater, dance and other artistic mediums. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 Little Amal’s Baltimore visit was planned months in advance and has also brought local organizations together in new ways, said Annalisa Dias, Baltimore Center Stage’s director of artistic partnerships and innovation. Abigail Gruskin, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 The Manhattan Theatre Club was founded in 1970 at Stage 73 but took off under the guidance of Meadow as artistic director and Grove as executive producer. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 To celebrate the 80th anniversary of that classic film, David Brian Stuart, founding artistic director and executive director of Improv Playhouse Theater, is presenting a radio re-enactment of that movie. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 The big eyes and artistic paint jobs make RM Smith lures almost too pretty to cast. Jimmy Fee, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 Part of that work includes an artistic exchange with Muckleshoot tribal member and artist John Halliday, known as Coyote. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Sep. 2023 The New York indie rock scene circa the turn of the millennium isn’t coming back; but if the city reins in its housing crisis, think of the new artistic movements that America’s largest city could incubate. Ned Resnikoff, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of artistic was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Artistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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ar·​tis·​tic är-ˈtis-tik How to pronounce artistic (audio)
: relating to or characteristic of art or artists
: showing skill and imagination
artistically adverb

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