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

Examples of artistry in a Sentence

We admired the singer's artistry. the artistry of her novel
Recent Examples on the Web Their plan, however, requires a surprising amount of artistry and violence. Ben Croll, Variety, 19 June 2022 Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Gilley's family were no strangers to artistry and show business — his cousins included artist Jerry Lee Lewis and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Andrea Towers,, 9 May 2022 Daniel Martin, a makeup artist based in New York City and global director of artistry and education at Tatcha. Allure, 3 May 2022 In reality, though, the industry was increasingly dependent on immense marketing budgets, and on overseas revenues that helped fill the coffers at the cost of artistry and variety; raw action and little else was red meat for audiences abroad. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Mao’s mania and cruelty executed throughout the Cultural Revolution sacrificed thousands of years of magnificent creativity, artistry and craftsmanship along with sacrificing millions of lives. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Embracing unusual silhouettes—really, dressing to express a message of artistry and passion—is the music-maker’s purpose. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Apr. 2022 These young Black actresses and actors have already made their mark in film, television, and theater—but with their latest projects, their artistry and acclaim are expected to reach the next level. Okla Jones, Essence, 1 Mar. 2022 Rachael Joo, an associate professor of American studies at Middlebury College who teaches courses on race and sports, said '90s-era Asian American fans were drawn to Kwan’s relatability, artistry and excellence. NBC News, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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6 Jul 2022

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“Artistry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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