art·​work ˈärt-ˌwərk How to pronounce artwork (audio)
: an artistic production
an 8-foot metal artwork
: artistic work
artwork being sold on the sidewalk
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The theater's famous marquee is frequently used in movies, TV and artwork depicting the city. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 This museum, which was founded in 1986, chronicles the history of surfing with artwork, surfboards, exhibits, videos, photos, historic archives and more. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 Photos show the home is far from cookie cutter, outfitted with colorful teal and pink upholstered seating and gallery walls filled with artwork. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 The gallery is filled with objects of interest and artworks from both Zulu culture and the natural world. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Attendees, often dressed in incredibly elaborate outfits, participate in anime music video competitions, bid on artwork, walk in a fashion show or take part in live-action cosplay. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 In addition to showcasing the artist’s paintings, the exhibition encouraged visitors to engage with van Gogh’s artwork through interactive experiences co-produced by the museum, Vive Arts, Lucid Realities and Tournez S’il Vous Plait. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 The artwork is expected to land with the Intuitive Machines Nova-C Lunar Lander and be permanently placed near the moon’s south pole on Feb. 23, according to a statement from 4SPACE, the company that collaborated with Koons on the project. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 The illustrated book will primarily feature artwork that McKinnon herself drafted, including character drawings, inventions and diagrams. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of artwork was in 1847

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“Artwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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