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 Riffs and tangents ensue, with Trixie and Katya expanding on the episode’s topic, surrounded by animation, clip art and text that have been added in the edit. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 June 2023 The first slide of the secure-in-place portion of the training includes the clip art imagery. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2023 Each dispatch evokes the handmade feel of the zine era, or the early-two-thousands blog era after that—from the newsletter’s luridly Photoshopped collages, crammed with clip art, to a spastic writing voice that careens down the page in a stream of florid, hypebeast doggerel. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 Shitty clip art? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2021 The logo was a pair of clip art maracas. Peter Hartlaub,, 9 Aug. 2020 Portions of a 2021 presentation used during those sessions include clip art cartoons some may find objectionable. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2023 The whole initiative, the most successful in CDC public-relations history, cost taxpayers all of $87—for clip art. Wendy Orent, Discover Magazine, 25 Apr. 2012 Print out our Halloween clip art of bugs and bats on card stock, cut them out and display in frames. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clip art was in 1957

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“Clip art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

clip art

: ready-made illustrations sold in books, as software, or through a website from which they may be used as artwork
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