term of art


a word or phrase that has a specific or precise meaning within a given discipline or field and might have a different meaning in common usage: Set is a term of art used by mathematicians, and burden of proof is a term of art used by lawyers.

Nearby words

  1. term infant,
  2. term insurance,
  3. term life insurance,
  4. term limit,
  5. term limits,
  6. term paper,
  7. term policy,
  8. term.,
  9. termagant,
  10. termagantly

See also art1(def 9).

Also called word of art.

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