from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Of or relating to artists or the fine arts.
  • adj. Informal Showily or affectedly artistic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pretending to artistic worth; high-flown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. showily imitative of art or artists.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showily imitative of art or artists


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