- an everyday manufactured object, as a bottle rack, a snow shovel, a urinal, or a comb, that may by the creative act of selection and designation by an artist attain status as a work of art: associated almost exclusively with the aesthetic activities of Marcel Duchamp during the period 1915 to 1917.
Origin of readymade
< French < English; term introduced by Duchamp in 1915
- made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order: a ready-made coat.
- made for immediate use.
- unoriginal; conventional.
- something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture or equipment.
Origin of ready-made
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for readymade
It counts as a readymade, of sorts, because like Duchamp's famous urinal it transplants a functional object into the art world.Duchamp's Time Machine
May 2, 2012
Camp was pitched upon a knoll with plenty of pine trees so standing that natural tentpoles were readymade.Girl Scouts in the Rockies
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
And that was devoted to what—readymade clothes, ski clothes, and that sort of thing?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
When a readymade definition, admirably rendered, is at your command, why be at the pains of making a new one for yourself?The Feasts of Autolycus
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- made for purchase and immediate use by any customera ready-made jacket
- extremely convenient or ideally suiteda ready-made solution
- unoriginal or conventionalready-made phrases
- a ready-made article, esp a garment
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