art·​ist·​ry | \ ˈär-tə-strē How to pronounce artistry (audio) \

Definition of artistry

1 : artistic quality of effect or workmanship the artistry of his novel
2 : artistic ability the artistry of the violinist a lawyer's artistry in persuading juries

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Examples of artistry in a Sentence

We admired the singer's artistry. the artistry of her novel
Recent Examples on the Web What is perhaps most admirable about the rapper is that his artistry comes from an authentic place. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Houston rapper Fat Tony radically switches perspectives on 'Exotica'," 4 Feb. 2021 For example: Winsor McCay, often considered the greatest of the early animators, used his artistry to make a film in 1918 about the sinking of the Lusitania because there were no actual photographs of the event. New York Times, "Cartoons, JFK’s Victory and Other Letters to the Editor," 29 Jan. 2021 More impressive than her artistry, however, is Jagdeo’s readiness to make change. Emily Tamfo,, "This Teen Could Be The Youngest City Councillor In Toronto’s History," 13 Jan. 2021 Suffice to say Anderson has proven his own artistry in reimagining the past at both his brands. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Looking for the Secret of Life? Ask Oscar Wilde and JW Anderson," 30 Nov. 2020 Harris called the 14-year-old artist and enthusiastically thanked him for the beautiful portrait and praised his artistry. Essence, "Artist Tyler Gordon, 14, Receives Phone Call Of A Lifetime," 26 Nov. 2020 But what happens when a genre emerges not because of its artistry, but because of its discoverability? Catherine Sinow, Ars Technica, "How old, ambient Japanese music became a smash hit on YouTube," 26 Nov. 2020 In 12 individual competitions over the course of 35 months, while pushing the boundaries of artistry and power, Chen has not been toppled figuratively or literally. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Nathan Chen flies above the uncertainty surrounding the international figure skating calendar," 25 Jan. 2021 Our purpose—our continuing commitment—is to harness our collective talents and resources to shape culture through the power of music and the artistry and creativity that give it birth. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Lucian Grainge's Year-End Memo: An 'Incredibly Difficult' 2020, Label Successes & His COVID-19 Scare," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of artistry

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for artistry

artist + -ry

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24 Feb 2021

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“Artistry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of artistry

: artistic ability or skill
: a quality that results from artistic ability or skill

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