Definitions for artificialˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•ti•fi•cialˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl(adj.)

  1. made by human skill; produced by humans; not natural.

  2. imitation; simulated; sham:

    artificial vanilla flavoring; artificial gemstones.

    Category: Jewelry, Common Vocabulary

  3. lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced:

    an artificial smile.

  4. full of affectation; stilted.

  5. pertaining to a taxonomic classification that groups together unrelated organisms.

    Category: Biology, Taxonomy

Origin of artificial:

1350–1400; ME < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. artificial, unreal(adj)

    contrived by art rather than nature

    "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"

  2. artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted(adj)

    artificially formal

    "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"

  3. artificial(adj)

    not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. artificial(adjective)ˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl

    not created in natural processes; = man-made

    artificial ingredients

  2. artificialˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl

    ≠ genuine

    an artificial smile


  1. artificial(Adjective)

    Man-made; of artifice.

    The flowers were artificial, and he thought them rather tacky.

  2. artificial(Adjective)

    False, misleading.

    Her manner was somewhat artificial.

  3. artificial(Adjective)


  4. Origin: Via (French: artificiel), from artificialis from artificium "skill", from artifex, from ars "skill", and -fex, from facere "to make".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Artificial(adj)

    made or contrived by art; produced or modified by human skill and labor, in opposition to natural; as, artificial heat or light, gems, salts, minerals, fountains, flowers

  2. Artificial(adj)

    feigned; fictitious; assumed; affected; not genuine

  3. Artificial(adj)

    artful; cunning; crafty

  4. Artificial(adj)

    cultivated; not indigenous; not of spontaneous growth; as, artificial grasses

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'artificial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4506

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'artificial' in Adjectives Frequency: #601

Translations for artificial

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


made by man; not natural; not real

artificial flowers; Did you look at the colour in artificial light or in daylight?

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