art brut

\ ˈär(t)-ˈbrut How to pronounce art brut (audio) , -ˈbrᵫt \

Definition of art brut

: outsider art … a broad range of graphic style from art brut to bathroom graffiti …Publishers Weekly, 3 Sept. 2001 … this odd Southern girl has been releasing dreamily primitive electric folk-blues records for more than ten years now—wobbly art brut affairs held together with hair and saliva …Spin, February 2006

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of art brut

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art brut

borrowed from French, literally, “raw [crude, unprocessed] art”

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About art brut

Time Traveler for art brut

Time Traveler

The first known use of art brut was in 1949

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near art brut

art brown

art brut


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for art brut

Cite this Entry

“Art brut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!