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\ˈärt, ərt\

Definition of art

  1. archaic present 2d singular of be

Origin and Etymology of art

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



noun \ˈärt\

Simple Definition of art

  • : 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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of art

  1. 1 :  skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the art of making friends>

  2. 2 a :  a branch of learning: (1) :  one of the humanities (2) plural :  liberal arts b archaic :  learning, scholarship

  3. 3 :  an occupation requiring knowledge or skill <the art of organ building>

  4. 4 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

  5. 5 a archaic :  a skillful plan b :  the quality or state of being artful

  6. 6 :  decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

Examples of art in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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




Definition of art

  1. :  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




Definition of art

  1. 1 article

  2. 2 artificial

  3. 3 artillery

Rhymes with art


Definition of -art

  1. see -ard

ART Defined for Kids


noun \ˈärt\

Definition of art for Students

  1. 1 :  works (as pictures, poems, or songs) made through use of the imagination and creative skills by artists <the art of the Renaissance>

  2. 2 :  the methods and skills used for creative visual works (as painting, sculpting, and drawing) <a teacher of art>

  3. 3 :  an activity (as painting, music, or writing) whose purpose is making things that are beautiful to look at, listen to, or read <the performing arts>

  4. 4 :  skill that comes through experience or study <the art of making friends>

  5. 5 :  an activity that requires skill <Cooking is an art.>

Medical Dictionary



Medical Definition of ART

  1. 1accredited record technician <The education and training necessary to become an ART (accredited record technician) is available through a two-year associate degree program for medical records technicians at a junior or community college.—The Chicago Tribune, 7 Dec. 1992>

  2. 2assisted reproductive technology <A quarter century after the first “test tube” baby, the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has risen astronomically.—Anna Mulrine, U.S. News & World Report, 27 Sept. 2004> <Nationally, about 107,000 ART procedures—which include IVF and related procedures that consist of the egg and sperm being handled outside the body—are performed.—Helena Oliviero, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 21 Mar. 2004>

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of art

  1. article

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