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

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No one is more delighted, if mildly mystified, at the meme's popularity than Brad Gosse, the 45-year-old founder of Vector Toons, the clip art site where the cafeteria image originated. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cafeteria Cartoon Goes Viral Amid a Rush of Cultural Tribalism," 7 Aug. 2019 Advertising Jess Morgan, of Bainbridge Island, used clip art to show one of Seattle’s beloved, and endangered, resident orcas leaping into the air. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Last month, we asked readers what Seattle’s city flag should look like. Here’s what you came up with.," 7 July 2019 Instead, the book — which is filled with photographs of the author, clip art and too-clever chapter titles — reads more like a rock bio than a memoir or a work of serious journalism. Marya Hornbacher, New York Times, "Delving Into the Bipolar Mind," 26 Jan. 2018

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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