art

noun
\ ˈärt How to pronounce art (audio) \

Definition of art

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : skill acquired by experience, study, or observation the art of making friends
2a : a branch of learning:
(1) : one of the humanities
(2) arts plural : liberal arts
b archaic : learning, scholarship
3 : an occupation requiring knowledge or skill the art of organ building
4a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects the art of painting landscapes also : works so produced a gallery for modern art
b(1) : fine arts
(2) : one of the fine arts
(3) : one of the graphic arts
5a archaic : a skillful plan
b : the quality or state of being artful (see artful sense 2a)
6 : decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter

Definition of art (Entry 2 of 5)

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

art

\ ˈärt How to pronounce art (audio) , ərt \

Definition of art (Entry 3 of 5)

archaic present tense second-person singular of be

Definition of art (Entry 4 of 5)

1 article
2 artificial
3 artillery

Definition of -art (Entry 5 of 5)

— see -ard

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Noun

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

Examples of art in a Sentence

Noun a piece of modern art It's a remarkable picture, but is it art? The museum has a large collection of folk art. He studied art in college.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the national landscape of arts and culture, those are the biggest fish. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "As Dallas arts organizations cope with the pandemic fallout, the focus is on survival — and the future," 21 Mar. 2020 But the primacy energizing their art, Wesley adds, is centuries old. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Italy, California: Your Friday Briefing," 20 Mar. 2020 There are a few Italianate, beaux-arts and second empire-style houses, but Victorian styles dominate the area. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus hasn't closed everything. Here are 12+ things you can still do in Louisville," 20 Mar. 2020 Kids can email their art to ksaban@cityofparma-oh-gov, with their parent’s permission, including their name, age and school. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "Parma schoolchildren, and City Hall, creatively support local restaurants and bars with take-out campaign," 19 Mar. 2020 Whether the goal is to simply entertain or to make up lost revenue though virtual tip jars, performers continue to share their art during the coronavirus pandemic. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Connecting despite coronavirus: Performers share their work online," 19 Mar. 2020 With a repository of over 11 million items documenting black arts and culture, the Schomburg Center is one of the world's leading cultural institutions devoted to preserving and exhibiting African American history. NBC News, "Schomburg Center acquires Harry Belafonte's historic archive," 19 Mar. 2020 As the world adjusts to a more homebound lifestyle—at least for the time being—cultural institutions are opening their doors to the internet, allowing people to enjoy their art, music, and more from across the globe. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "All the Museum Exhibits, Symphonies, and Operas You Can Enjoy From Home," 16 Mar. 2020 Elena, whose own journalism ambitions were sacrificed to the needs of family, is initially fascinated by Mia’s fierce dedication to her art. Jeanne Jakle, ExpressNews.com, "Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington team up on Hulu series ‘Little Fires Everywhere’," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's an opportunity for cities to collaborate with the agency to make their road art street-legal. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Atlanta defends its rainbow crosswalks as symbols of pride. Federal highway officials say it impacts road safety," 11 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'art.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of art

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art

Noun and Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin art-, ars — more at arm

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

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The first known use of art was in the 14th century

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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/art. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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art

noun
How to pronounce -art (audio)

English Language Learners 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.

art

noun
\ ˈärt How to pronounce art (audio) \

Kids Definition of art

1 : works (as pictures, poems, or songs) made through use of the imagination and creative skills by artists the art of the Renaissance
2 : the methods and skills used for creative visual works (as painting, sculpting, and drawing) a teacher of art
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 : skill that comes through experience or study the art of making friends
5 : an activity that requires skill Cooking is an art.

Medical Definition of ART

1 accredited 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 assisted 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

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Legal Definition of art

article

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