readymade

or read·y-made

[ red-ee-meyd ]
/ ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd /

noun

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.

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Origin of readymade

< French < English; term introduced by Duchamp in 1915

Definition for readymade (2 of 2)

ready-made
[ red-ee-meyd ]
/ ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd /

adjective

made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order: a ready-made coat.
made for immediate use.
unoriginal; conventional.

noun

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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Example sentences 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|Blake Gopnik|May 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for readymade

ready-made

adjective

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

noun

a ready-made article, esp a garment
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