Verb Phrases

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.

Nearby words

  1. arsonist,
  2. arsphenamine,
  3. arsy,
  4. arsy-varsy,
  5. arsy-versy,
  6. art brut,
  7. art deco,
  8. art director,
  9. art film,
  10. art for art's sake

Origin of art

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French, accusative of ars < Latin ars (nominative), artem (accusative) ‘skill, craft, craftsmanship’




a male given name, form of Arthur. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arts

British Dictionary definitions for arts


pl n

  1. the artsimaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp as studied academically
  2. (as modifier)an arts degree
cunning or crafty actions or plots; schemes




  1. the creation of works of beauty or other special significance
  2. (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
  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)an art gallery See also arts, fine art
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 decorativeart needlework
  1. any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualitiesadvertising art
  2. (as modifier)an art film
journalism photographs or other illustrations in a newspaper, etc
method, facility, or knackthe art of threading a needle; the art of writing letters
the system of rules or principles governing a particular human activitythe art of government
artfulness; cunning
get something down to a fine art to become highly proficient at something through practice
See also arts

Word Origin for art

C13: from Old French, from Latin ars craftsmanship




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

Word Origin for art

Old English eart, part of bēon to be


abbreviation for

assisted reproductive technology
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Word Origin and History for arts
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with arts


see fine art; state of the art.

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