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 Meanwhile, the runaway NFT (non-fungible token) craze that allows all manner of memes, digital artwork, tweets and YouTube videos to be sold via ethereum's blockchain has further boosted the ethereum price. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Kirby said workers have already begun removing artwork, exhibits and other materials from the visitors’ center to prepare for the demolition. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2021 The new album is due out June 25, with artwork that sees Doja Cat flying in space, a la Captain Marvel. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 9 June 2021 The mayor of the city in the Detroit suburbs cut the red ribbon to mark the installation of the artwork, which had been three years in the making and depicts police officers bowing their heads and clasping hands in front of an American flag. New York Times, 8 June 2021 The artwork, by Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, was commissioned in 2008 and severely damaged in a fire of unknown origin last June. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Crews also cleared artwork, flowers and other items from 38th Street and Chicago Avenue where Floyd was killed, informally known as George Floyd Square, but community activists quickly put up makeshift barriers., 4 June 2021 Its free public waterfront always features public artwork and several artists, including myself on occasion, work out of the Torpedo Factory art studio and co-working space. Kristen Jeffers, House Beautiful, 4 June 2021 Held in the park across from the West Side Market, the event features local makers, artisans and small businesses selling handmade jewelry, artwork, housewares, health and beauty products, food items and more. Michael Norman, cleveland, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of artwork

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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17 Jun 2021

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“Artwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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