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  1. 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.

  2. 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: fine art ( def ), commercial art ( def ).

    The palace houses a remarkable collection of art.

    The local museum of art currently has a special exhibit of the works of Kurelek.

  3. the visual or fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture:

    She dabbled in art, including painting and sculpture.

  4. the arts, the fine arts together with literature and the performing arts:

    I attended a high school that emphasized the arts, and I took every drama course I could.

    There never seems to be enough public funding for the arts.

  5. a field, genre, or category of creative, imaginative, skilled activity that meets or is subject to aesthetic criteria:

    Poetry and dance are arts.

  6. any craft or field of creative activity applying aesthetic principles, skill, and technique:

    She does graphic art for an advertising company.

  7. arts,
    1. 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.

    2. 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?

  8. a branch of learning or university study, especially one of the fine arts or the humanities, such as music, philosophy, or literature:

    We attended a brilliant lecture on the role of the arts of philosophy and rhetoric in expanding knowledge.

    1. the principles, techniques, or methods governing any craft, trade, or profession:

      the art of baking;

      the art of selling.

    2. the craft, trade, or profession using these principles, techniques, or methods.
  9. 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.

    Synonyms: skillfulness, knack, know-how, facility

  10. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature:

    Do these shrubs in your garden owe their shape to art or to nature?

  11. (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material:

    Is there any art with the copy for this story?

  12. 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.

    Synonyms: artfulness, wiliness, slyness, craftiness, tactic, trick, scheme, contrivance, machination, maneuver, stratagem, scheming, guile, ruse, subterfuge, intrigue, wile, feint, dodge

  13. pretense or artificiality in behavior:

    He had a manner free of art and affectation.

    Synonyms: duplicity, deception, falsehood, imposture, deceit

    Antonyms: truthfulness, ingenuousness, artlessness, openness, honesty, sincerity, candor, frankness

  14. Archaic. science, learning, or scholarship.

verb phrase

  1. 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.



[ ahrt ]


, Archaic.
  1. 2nd person singular present indicative of be.



[ ahrt ]


  1. a first name, form of Arthur.


  1. 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.


  1. variant of -ard:




abbreviation for

, plural arts.
  1. plural arts article; articles.
  2. artificial.
  3. artillery.
  4. artist.



/ ɑːt /


  1. archaic.
    used with the pronoun thou a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be 1
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suffix forming nouns

  1. a variant of -ard
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/ ɑːt /


    1. the creation of works of beauty or other special significance
    2. ( as modifier )

      an art movement

  1. the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature )
  2. imaginative skill as applied to representations of the natural world or figments of the imagination
    1. the products of man's creative activities; works of art collectively, esp of the visual arts, sometimes also music, drama, dance, and literature
    2. ( as modifier ) See also arts fine art

      an art gallery

  3. excellence or aesthetic merit of conception or execution as exemplified by such works
  4. any branch of the visual arts, esp painting
  5. modifier intended to be artistic or decorative

    art needlework

    1. any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualities

      advertising art

    2. ( as modifier )

      an art film

  6. journalism photographs or other illustrations in a newspaper, etc
  7. method, facility, or knack

    the art of threading a needle

    the art of writing letters

  8. the system of rules or principles governing a particular human activity

    the art of government

  9. artfulness; cunning
  10. get something down to a fine art
    to become highly proficient at something through practice
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abbreviation for

  1. assisted reproductive technology
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Word History and Origins

Origin of art1

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ars (stem art- ) “skill, craft, craftsmanship”

Origin of art2

First recorded before 950; Middle English; Old English eart, equivalent to ear- ( are 1 ) + -t ending of 2nd person singular
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Word History and Origins

Origin of art1

Old English eart, part of bēon to be

Origin of art2

C13: from Old French, from Latin ars craftsmanship
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Idioms and Phrases

see fine art ; state of the art .
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Example Sentences

The smaller notebook options would make great travel art journals.

On some level, it’s an indication that “art is reflecting the times,” Renz says.

From Fortune

This week, Folger Theatre is premiering its virtual project “Encores,” an initiative to help provide more online content for the community while most arts institutions remain closed during the pandemic.

I learned to love the art of the search, the stories emerging from decomposing seats, revealing lost glasses and keys.

This social art is generally lost during months of drinking at home, unless you have company, but the pandemic had forbidden even that possibility, and weeknight drinking alone became an alarming habit.

From Ozy

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.”

But those watching Selma were judging a work of cinematic art.

I spent time yesterday listening to the music you made, and looking at the art you created.

Woman is mistress of the art of completely embittering the life of the person on whom she depends.

Many of these have been seen in the Corcoran Art Gallery and in other public exhibitions.

Adequate conception of the extent, the variety, the excellence of the works of Art here heaped together is impossible.

So it commands the other sciences in all the wonderful and hidden things of nature and art (pp. 510-511).

While residing in Brussels these two artists began to collect works of art for what is now known as the Mesdag Museum.


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