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

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

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Synonyms for art

Synonyms: Noun

craft, handcraft, handicraft, trade

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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 website is to Web design what McDonald's is to the culinary arts. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019 The training took place in Midland’s performing arts center, large enough to accommodate 250 of my new Christmas cousins. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 An added bonus for guests is its location: Richmond, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshires, is a short distance from music venue Tanglewood and within a reasonable drive from the new art center MASS MoCa in North Adams. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "How a fashion designer transformed an 18th-century home into a dreamy inn," 21 Nov. 2018 Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. Fox News, "Bill Paxton's surgeon, hospital deny responsibility for his death," 2 Oct. 2018 Spring's biggest nail art trend is for anyone who's ever stood, frozen, in front of a colorful wall of nail polish. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Gradient Nails Are the Prettiest New Manicure Trend for Spring," 15 Mar. 2019 The 26-year-old chip maker has been on fire over the past few years as its graphics processors have become key components for building artificial intelligence into state-of-the-art data centers. ... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Nvidia Plays All of Its Chips," 11 Mar. 2019 The devotion includes crosses spaced at intervals (both indoors and out) alongside art such as paintings or sculptures depicting pivotal scenes from Jesus’s life. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Good Friday and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 22 Feb. 2019 Obviously there are high-tech versions that buck the trend, but Berlin apartments in my price range aren't exactly equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "This Is How to Cook Well With an Electric Stove," 28 Jan. 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 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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art

noun

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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