art form



the more or less established structure, pattern, or scheme followed in shaping an artistic work: The sonata, the sonnet, and the novel are all art forms.
a medium for artistic expression: ballet, sculpture, opera, and other art forms.
a medium other than the artistic regarded as having highly developed or systematized rules, procedures, or formulations: international diplomacy regarded as an art form.

Origin of art form

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for art form

Historical Examples of art form

  • Ferrara' is a good example of the constitution of this art-form.

  • And in this fact—for a fact it is—lies the completest justification of opera as an art-form.

    The Opera

    R.A. Streatfeild

  • Besides, being confessedly an art-form, duly licensed to lie, it is apt to be misunderstood.

    Prose Fancies

    Richard Le Gallienne

  • The doctrine of the Eternal Recurrence appears for the last time here, in an art-form.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • We say that property may express a man's religion, and that the way a man has of being rich or of being poor may be an art-form.


    Gerald Stanley Lee

British Dictionary definitions for art form

art form


a conventionally established form of artistic composition, such as the symphony or the sonnet
a recognized medium of artistic expression
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