art·​work | \ˈärt-ˌwərk \

Definition of artwork 

1a : an artistic production an 8-foot metal artwork

b : artistic work artwork being sold on the sidewalk

2a : art sense 6

b : material (such as a drawing or photograph) prepared for reproduction in printed matter

Examples of artwork in a Sentence

A local painter was selling her artwork on the street. The walls of the restaurant are decorated in original artwork. Some of the children's artwork was hanging on the refrigerator. The museum recently recovered two stolen artworks.
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Aside from booze, Portugal’s second city has some of the best scenery in the country—and some of the best shopping, too: think idiosyncratic artwork, crafts, and handmade clothing. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 All along the sidewalk were piles of artwork, antiques, and boxes as owners emptied out their inventory to take to higher ground. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast," 25 Sep. 2018 All personal photos had to be hidden, as well as any artwork that wasn't pre-approved by the artist to appear in the episode. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "The Crazy Secret Behind Those "Out Of Budget" Homes On Property Brothers," 16 July 2018 From a design standpoint, ashtrays provide the rare opportunity for a small, functional, usually affordable artwork to exist within the home., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 Artist Mikel Janin provided stellar artwork, enhanced by frequent pinup illustrations that appeared every two pages by various artists at DC, including co-publisher Jim Lee, Jason Fabok, Mitch Gerads and Frank Miller. David Betancourt,, "Fans were mad that Batman and Catwoman's wedding day surprise was ruined. But the story is still great.," 10 July 2018 The study, conducted by Ms. Winner and two colleagues, Nathaniel Rabb and Hiram Brownell, was built around an experiment that featured identical images of the same artwork, presented side by side. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, "Do You Like ‘Dogs Playing Poker’? Science Would Like to Know Why," 8 July 2018 The artwork, on loan from New York - Palm Beach collector Emily Fisher Landau, comes from 1932 — a year so important in the artist's work that London's Tate Modern has devoted its summer exhibition to the period. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "For Picasso and his voluptuous muse, time was brief. This painting tells the tale.," 4 July 2018 To visually capture the evolution, the band worked with evocative, emotional artist Dario Robleto on the album artwork, touching on themes of love, loss and vulnerability. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s Wild Moccasins learn to love again on new album," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of artwork

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of artwork

: a painting, sculpture, photograph, etc., that is created to be beautiful or to express an important idea or feeling : an artistic work

: drawings, photographs, etc., that are included in books, magazines, and other printed materials

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