the quality, production, expression, or realm of things that conform to accepted aesthetic principles of beauty, show imagination and skill, and have more than ordinary meaning and importance: Art is a characteristic human activity.My parents and I disagree about what qualifies as art.
the class of objects that meet or are subject to aesthetic criteria; objects considered beautiful, imaginative, skillful, and meaningful collectively, such as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: The palace houses a remarkable collection of art.The local museum of art currently has a special exhibit of the works of Kurelek.: See also fine art, commercial art.
the visual or fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: She dabbled in art, including painting and sculpture.
a field, genre, or category of creative, imaginative, skilled activity that meets or is subject to aesthetic criteria: Poetry and dance are arts.
any craft or field of creative activity applying aesthetic principles, skill, and technique: She does graphic art for an advertising company.
the cluster of academic disciplines dealing with art, literature, languages, philosophy, etc., as distinct from the natural and social sciences and the technical or professional fields; the humanities: He teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences.There are fewer opportunities these days for graduates with a degree in arts.
the humanities together with the natural and social sciences, as opposed to the professional and technical fields; liberal arts: Are you at the Faculty of Arts, or at one of the professional faculties?
: See also term of art.
the principles, techniques, or methods governing any craft, trade, or profession: the art of baking;the art of selling.
the craft, trade, or profession using these principles, techniques, or methods.
skill in conducting any human activity: You are a master at the art of conversation!From my mother, I learned the art of making perfectly cooked pasta.
skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature:Do these shrubs in your garden owe their shape to art or to nature?
(in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material: Is there any art with the copy for this story?
trickery or cunning, or an instance of this: Don’t be taken in by their devious art.She is adept at the innumerable arts and wiles of politics.
pretense or artificiality in behavior: He had a manner free of art and affectation.
Archaic. science, learning, or scholarship.
art up, to improve the aesthetic quality of (something) through some form of art: This dress is so plain, it could use some arting up.I had an interior designer art up my apartment.
|10||knack, facility, technical skill, skillfulness, know-how|
|9a||craft, technique, skill; procedure, method, way; fine points, subtleties|
|13||craftiness, guile, slyness, wiliness, artfulness, intrigue, machination, scheming; contrivance, scheme, trick, tactic, stratagem, maneuver, subterfuge, ruse, dodge, feint, wile|
|14||deceit, deception, duplicity, imposture, falsehood|
Other definitions for art (2 of 6)
2nd person singular present indicative of be.
Other definitions for Art (3 of 6)
a male given name, form of Arthur.
Other definitions for ART (4 of 6)
article: often used to represent the class of determiners, including words such as this, that, and some as well as the articles a, an, and the.
Other definitions for -art (5 of 6)
Other definitions for art. (6 of 6)
plural arts. article; articles.
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How to use art in a sentence
The pulps brought new readers to serious fiction, making it less intimidating with alluring art and low prices.
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
In “Steal This Episode,” the filmmaker denounces Homer Simpson as an “enemy of art.”Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But those watching Selma were judging a work of cinematic art.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’ | Gary May | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I spent time yesterday listening to the music you made, and looking at the art you created.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Woman is mistress of the art of completely embittering the life of the person on whom she depends.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
Many of these have been seen in the Corcoran art Gallery and in other public exhibitions.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
Adequate conception of the extent, the variety, the excellence of the works of art here heaped together is impossible.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
So it commands the other sciences in all the wonderful and hidden things of nature and art (pp. 510-511).The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
While residing in Brussels these two artists began to collect works of art for what is now known as the Mesdag Museum.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
British Dictionary definitions for art (1 of 4)
the creation of works of beauty or other special significance
(as modifier): an art movement
the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature)
imaginative skill as applied to representations of the natural world or figments of the imagination
the products of man's creative activities; works of art collectively, esp of the visual arts, sometimes also music, drama, dance, and literature
excellence or aesthetic merit of conception or execution as exemplified by such works
any branch of the visual arts, esp painting
(modifier) intended to be artistic or decorative: art needlework
any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualities: advertising art
(as modifier): an art film
journalism photographs or other illustrations in a newspaper, etc
method, facility, or knack: the art of threading a needle; the art of writing letters
the system of rules or principles governing a particular human activity: the art of government
get something down to a fine art to become highly proficient at something through practice
- See also arts
British Dictionary definitions for art (2 of 4)
archaic (used with the pronoun thou) a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be 1
British Dictionary definitions for ART (3 of 4)
assisted reproductive technology
British Dictionary definitions for -art (4 of 4)
a variant of -ard
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Other Idioms and Phrases with art
see fine art; state of the art.
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