art

noun
\ ˈärt How to pronounce art (audio) \

Essential Meaning of art

1 : something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings a piece of modern/contemporary art It's a remarkable picture, but is it art?
2 : works created by artists : paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings the art [=artwork] of Salvador Dalí The museum has a large collection of folk art. African/Japanese/Mayan art
3 : the methods and skills used for painting, sculpting, drawing, etc. He studied art in college.

Full 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

art

adjective

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

Synonyms for art

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The first major museum union in Chicago will represent 266 Art Institute employees including art installers, curators, custodians, librarians and retail workers. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, 11 Jan. 2022 But Tobias hadn’t known that he’d be handed between substitutes over the course of the day, transferring from his art teacher to his music teacher to his physical education teacher. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 The vessel is set to feature 20 dining concepts and bars, a microbrewery, and three swimming pools, as well as a 10,000-book library, a movie theater, a state-of-the art wellness center, a bowling alley and a solar powered hydroponic garden farm. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 The truest test of that, Goss says, will be what happens with the Super Bowl, set for Inglewood on Feb. 13, and art fest Frieze Los Angeles, set for Feb. 17. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 The tome, which features forewords by Johnny Depp and art critic Waldemar Januszczak and is now available for preorder, will come out in April. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 11 Jan. 2022 That leaked build apparently features the entire core game, save for a few missing art assets. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 11 Jan. 2022 Although not all of the lots have been unveiled, some of the items scheduled to go up for bid include pieces from his art collection, two pairs of the actor’s glasses and a gold Rolex. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2022 The show represents the artists of three fellowship cycles, 2017-2019, whose practices span art forms and mediums. Briana Miller, oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods and experiencing Prospect asks visitors to traverse the city’s network of neighborhoods with venues ranging from the traditional, like museums, to public spaces to non-art venues. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 In fact, Smith did in America what Agnès b. was doing in France—turning a fashion brand into an anti-haute, pro-art, super-hip egalitarian statement. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 12 June 2021 The Fre — a Taylor Mac fable about the costs of escaping a homophobic, anti-art background — took place in a ball pit. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 In July, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) released findings of its survey of 760 museum directors, including those from non-art institutions, confirming the extent of the economic toll caused by pandemic closures. Jennifer G. Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Sep. 2020 That's an opportunity for cities to collaborate with the agency to make their road art street-legal. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 11 Oct. 2019

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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

Middle English, "craft, principles of a craft or a field of knowledge, one of the seven fields of study comprising the medieval school curriculum, practical knowledge, code of behavior," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, "skill, craft, knowledge, deceit, sorcery," borrowed from Latin art-, ars "acquired skill, craftsmanship, stratagem, behavior (in plural artēs), systematic body of knowledge and techniques, profession, artistic achievement," going back to Indo-European *h2r̥-ti- "act of fitting or joining" (whence also, perhaps from an adverbialized locative, Greek árti "just now," arti- "fitting, correct," Armenian ard "just now," Lithuanian artì "close by"), nominal derivative from the verbal base *h2er- "fit, join" — more at arm entry 3

Note: M. de Vaan (Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the Other Italic Languages, Brill, 2008) also adduces from *h2r̥-ti- Old Avestan ārəiti- "reward" (Young Avestan aṣ̌i-). Compare, also with zero grade ablaut and -t- suffixes, Sanskrit ṛtáḥ "right, true," ṛtúḥ "fixed time, order, rule." See also article entry 1, artiodactyl.

Adjective

from attributive use of art entry 1

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

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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.

ART

abbreviation

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

art

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Legal Definition of art

article

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