clip art


Definition of clip art

: ready-made usually copyright-free illustrations sold in books, as part of a software package, or through a website from which they may be cut and pasted or inserted as artwork

Examples of clip art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opening the app provides a somewhat cluttered UI that shows each device in a gallery with clip art-like images for visual identification of your items. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 25 Aug. 2021 Perhaps Sylvester and Coley had to fill so much time because Parker and Henson had to wait for their lists to spit out of their color inkjet printers, and someone put too much clip art on the files? Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 3 Feb. 2021 But Tomorrow added a visual wink with characters that resembled stylish Cold War clip art — the kind of unflappable talking heads who could make wild science fiction sound coolly plausible. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 If that wasn't enough excitement, Scott's website is also selling 24 t-shirts with McDonald's clip art straight out of the early 2000s, including a shirt that honors the $1 McDonald's apple pie. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 19 Sep. 2020 Other signs in the shape of red hearts were posted nearby along with clip art images of doctors and nurses. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2020 To document the agreement, Dowling typed up the terms in PowerPoint on a clip art parchment backdrop. Sophia Chen, Wired, 9 Mar. 2020 And inventive: Though product pages typically consist of clip art on a white background, The World of Interiors will collect the latest fabrics and drape them across a farm field in the Cotswolds. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2019 Others had more of a class-project vibe, with clip art and embarrassing duckface selfies. Jennifer Miller, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of clip art

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Clip art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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