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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
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have no sympathy at all with the growls so constantly emitted by professional critics of this art-form.

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

  • 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
  • But in spite of her popularity, it should never be forgotten that the novel is an art-form, not a medium for doctrinaires.

    Essays on Modern Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • 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.

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

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Wagner is the one creator of an art-form who also seems destined to remain its greatest exponent.

  • It is so easy to speak of an art-form, or an incomparable safety valve, when youd run a mile or jump into anything to avoid it.

  • The complete establishment of the quartet as an art-form worthy to rank beside the symphony is due to Beethoven.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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