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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This is one of the problems most frequently faced by crypto tenants, especially if the N.F.T. in question is just clip art of a rock or an emoji portrait of Billie Eilish. Devorah Blachor, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 The strip's signature six panels are the same every time, consisting of simple dinosaur clip art that North found on a CD; only the text changes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2022 Public domain images are photos or clip art that is available for personal and commercial use free of charge. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

clip art

: ready-made illustrations sold in books or as software from which they may be taken for use in a printed work
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