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 The portraits have become a hit on social media, where people share images of them or beg for their pets to be turned into works of art. Joseph Pisani, ajc, "Chewy sends pet paintings to keep customers from straying," 1 Jan. 2021 The building’s windows are shattered and blown out from the explosion, and one piece of art was destroyed, said Bergeron Segroves, who provided images and video of the gallery. NBC News, "Nashville blast brings damage and uncertainty to already struggling local businesses," 30 Dec. 2020 Here, those objects take pride of place alongside an extensive book collection, assortment of records, and mix of art. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Marissa Bero Turned This Cold Apartment Into an Inviting Home," 29 Dec. 2020 In 1916, Virginia Woolf wrote about a peculiarity that runs through all real works of art. Jenny Offill, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime of Lessons in “Mrs. Dalloway”," 29 Dec. 2020 But the film also employs pink throughout to play with people’s assumptions about certain kinds of women and certain kinds of art. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Promising Young Woman," 28 Dec. 2020 One thing the pandemic taught us is that great art doesn't need $100 million budgets. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "The year in TV and movies, viewed from our critics' couches," 25 Dec. 2020 In due time, with the help of VR headsets and high-tech sound gear with advanced 3-D sound processing, the simulation of live concerts will transcend their own musicality and produce ravishing new expressions of art. Daniel Vnukowski, Los Angeles Times, "As a concert pianist, the stage is my life. But the pandemic taught me to love the livestream," 22 Dec. 2020 There are simply fewer critics, fewer reviews, and less exposure to different kinds of art for interested readers. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Monopolization Is Killing Art," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Beyond the gallery wall: Art world retrains the public, virtually," 14 Sep. 2020 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

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

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/art. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for art

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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