performing arts


plural noun

arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing.

Nearby words

  1. performance test,
  2. performance-enhancing,
  3. performative,
  4. performer,
  5. performing,
  6. perfume,
  7. perfumed,
  8. perfumer,
  9. perfumery,
  10. perfunctory

Origin of performing arts

First recorded in 1945–50

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British Dictionary definitions for performing arts

performing arts

pl n

the arts that are primarily performed before an audience, such as dance and drama
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