art form

art form
noun Date: 1868 1. a form or medium of expression recognized as fine art <
sees dance as both an art form and an entertainment
2. a. an unconventional form or medium in which impulses regarded as artistic may be expressed <
describe pinball as a great American art form — Tom Buckley
b. an undertaking or activity enhanced by a high level of skill or refinement <
easy conversation—an art form in peril of being lost to contemporary schedules — Joanna Pruess

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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