\ˈärt, ərt\

Definition of ART

archaic present 2d singular of be

Origin of ART

Middle English, from Old English eart; akin to Old Norse est, ert (thou) art, Old English is is


noun \ˈärt\

: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings

: works created by artists : paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings

: the methods and skills used for painting, sculpting, drawing, etc.

Full Definition of ART

:  skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the art of making friends>
a :  a branch of learning: (1) :  one of the humanities (2) plural :  liberal arts
b archaic :  learning, scholarship
:  an occupation requiring knowledge or skill <the art of organ building>
a :  the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also :  works so produced
b (1) :  fine arts
(2) :  one of the fine arts (3) :  a graphic art
a archaic :  a skillful plan
b :  the quality or state of being artful
:  decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

Examples of ART

  1. a piece of modern art
  2. It's a remarkable picture, but is it art?
  3. The museum has a large collection of folk art.
  4. He studied art in college.

Origin of ART

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin art-, ars — more at arm
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ART

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power <the art of choosing the right word>. skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency <the skill of a glassblower>. cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing <a mystery plotted with great cunning>. artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature <believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice>. craft may imply expertness in workmanship <the craft of a master goldsmith>.

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought



Definition of ART

:  produced as an artistic effort or for decorative purposes <an art film> <art dolls> <art music>

First Known Use of ART


Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato



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