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

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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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Founded by former Maxfield artistic director Paola Russo, the store has gained cult status thanks to its unique mix of contemporary art and high fashion, and Beyoncé took full advantage of the space’s stunning collection of paintings. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Just Took the Ultimate Art-Selfie in This Luxury L.A. Concept Store," 25 Jan. 2019 Then, in November 2018, it was revealed that Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin's menswear artistic director, was also leaving the company after 14 years. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lanvin Names Bruno Sialelli as Its New Creative Director," 21 Jan. 2019 The publication also revealed that Meghan had a private conversation late last year with Rufus Norris, who is the artistic director of the organization. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle to Succeed Queen Elizabeth as Patron of London's National Theatre," 10 Jan. 2019 The board laid off its approximately 20 employees — including relatively new artistic director Kate Whoriskey. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "Intiman and ACT theaters finally debt-free after years of belt-tightening and generosity from others," 22 Jan. 2019 The show marked Kim Jones' second as artistic director at Dior Men's. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Models Stood on a Conveyor Belt Instead of Walking the Runway at Dior Men's," 18 Jan. 2019 Perhaps Simons eventually could have figured out a mass-market artistic vision that would work for the company, but PVH was not interesting in giving him the time or space to do so. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 That's the exciting part about the ever-expanding beauty market: finding new makeup treasures to further complete our artistic visions of becoming ourselves. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2018 Tariffs threatening artistic vision is especially frustrating for Boerner. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 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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