art·ist·ry | \ˈär-tə-strē \

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

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Like the best artists in history, Beyoncé uses these tropes and archetypes to make new work that becomes its own kind of inside joke and artistry, a sonic way of playing the dozens with her enemies. Joshunda Sanders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Is Love Is the Ultimate Ode to Black Freedom," 22 June 2018 Imprecision and amorphousness create fertile ground for notions like craft and even, potentially, artistry. Sergio De La Pava, WSJ, "Can You Taste a City in a Bottle of Vodka?," 14 June 2018 The idea was to zero in on Presley's artistry, something that has frequently taken a back seat to his various personas as rock's first major rebel, then fitful movie star, revolutionary Las Vegas entertainer and, finally, victim of tragic excess. Randy Lewis,, "'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' HBO doc seeks the artist behind the legend," 13 Apr. 2018 Just as their sport blends precision with artistry, Lipinski and Weir were blade sharp yet feeling and expressive. Phil Rosenthal,, "Bradie Tennell's fall lends insight into the rise of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir," 21 Feb. 2018 Westworld, for me, over the last nine episodes, has been a process of admiring things rather than caring about them, noting the artistry and the subtext and the symmetry in a detached kind of way. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018 Even with all the televisual trickery in reality show production, there was no faking the artistry and care involved. Elisa Ludwig,, "Mount Airy bakers' attention to detail is icing on the cake," 30 May 2018 Only when high-energy Paul Sobon – the Paul J. of the brand – guides a visitor about the premises does the artistry and individuality of the place become clear. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 The artistry of its chef team shines through in inventive dishes that focus on seasonality and are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello. Bon Appetit, "D.C.’s Food Scene Is Hot! Here’s All the Spots You Should Explore This Summer," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of artistry

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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