art·​work | \ ˈärt-ˌwərk How to pronounce artwork (audio) \

Definition of artwork

1a : an artistic production an 8-foot metal artwork
b : artistic work artwork being sold on the sidewalk
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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Recent Examples on the Web In the 1920s, Brown created artwork for the Crisis, the NAACP magazine edited by W.E.B. Du Bois. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Niece celebrates aunt in documentary profiling 2 D.C. artists," 6 July 2020 Ginther has called on the Columbus Art Commission to lead an effort to replace the statue with public artwork that better reflects the people of Columbus and offers a shared vision for the future. The Columbus Dispatch, USA TODAY, "Christopher Columbus statue removed from Columbus City Hall," 1 July 2020 Try taking a snapshot of your artwork and converting it to black and white. oregonlive, "Paint your garden: Portland artist has a colorful idea for flower lovers isolating at home," 1 July 2020 Workers were preserving artwork that had been painted on the wooden barricades, Zimbabwe said, adding that the department would work to return it to the people who created it. Gene Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "Seattle mayor meets with protesters over dismantling zone," 27 June 2020 Workers were preserving artwork that had been painted on the wooden barricades, Zimbabwe said, adding that the department would work to return it to the people who created it., "YouTube Personality Jenna Marbles Apologizes for Blackface Video," 26 June 2020 Society6 recently launched its own face masks, with over 1,000 styles to choose from, all of which come with artwork from independent artists. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 25 June 2020 In his tweet about the Black Lives Matter mural in New York City, Trump claimed that police officers in New York City were outraged by the artwork that will be painted near Trump Tower. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Treason, sedition, insurrection': Trump condemns Black Lives Matter activist calling to 'burn' US," 25 June 2020 Many assumed that the numerical artwork is a nod to her birthday, which is on February 11. Aimee Simeon,, "Fans Are Trying To Guess The Meaning Of Jennifer Aniston’s Wrist Tattoo," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of artwork

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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10 Jul 2020

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“Artwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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