- the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning: the art of baking; the art of selling.
- the craft, trade, or profession using these principles or methods.
- art brut,
- art deco,
- art director,
- art film,
- art for art's sake
Origin of art1
Examples from the Web for arts
“I never felt that culture and the arts were separate from politics,” he says.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its reporting and commentary on politics, society, and arts and letters have nurtured a broad liberal spirit in our national life.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine|Lloyd Grove|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Metropolitan Opera is the old-school Cadillac of arts institutions.
He was wealthy, a member of New York City society, and a patron of the arts.
At the age of three Taylor picked up an interest in the arts, which evolved into a passion for painting with mixed media.New York Fashion Week's Teen Sensation: Isabella Rose Taylor, 13, Stages A Sartorial Revolution|Justin Jones|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The arts in general are carried among these people to a greater degree of perfection than by the other natives of Sumatra.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
First, the arts dealing with form, where its necessity is evident.Essay on the Creative Imagination|Th. Ribot
Mother-of-pearl used in the arts is sold by the ton, from $50 to $700 being average prices.
Even to music, the most persuasive of the arts, it was deaf.Young Lives|Richard Le Gallienne
Kids can participate in a program of sports, hulas, arts and crafts.Oahu Traveler's guide|Bill Gleasner
- the artsimaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp as studied academically
- (as modifier)an arts degree
- the creation of works of beauty or other special significance
- (as modifier)an art movement
- any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualitiesadvertising art
- (as modifier)an art film
Word Origin for art
Word Origin for art
early 13c., "skill as a result of learning or practice," from Old French art (10c.), from Latin artem (nominative ars) "work of art; practical skill; a business, craft," from PIE *ar-ti- (cf. Sanskrit rtih "manner, mode;" Greek arti "just," artios "complete, suitable," artizein "to prepare;" Latin artus "joint;" Armenian arnam "make;" German art "manner, mode"), from root *ar- "fit together, join" (see arm (n.1)).
In Middle English usually with a sense of "skill in scholarship and learning" (c.1300), especially in the seven sciences, or liberal arts. This sense remains in Bachelor of Arts, etc. Meaning "human workmanship" (as opposed to nature) is from late 14c. Sense of "cunning and trickery" first attested c.1600. Meaning "skill in creative arts" is first recorded 1610s; especially of painting, sculpture, etc., from 1660s. Broader sense of the word remains in artless.
Fine arts, "those which appeal to the mind and the imagination" first recorded 1767. Expression art for art's sake (1824) translates French l'art pour l'art. First record of art critic is from 1847. Arts and crafts "decorative design and handcraft" first attested in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, founded in London, 1888.
Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truths, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. The revolt of individualism came because the tradition had become degraded, or rather because a spurious copy had been accepted in its stead. [William Butler Yeats]
"produced with conscious artistry," as opposed to popular or folk, 1890, from art (n.), possibly from influence of German kunstlied "art song" (cf. art film, 1960; art rock, 1968).
see fine art; state of the art.