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 Eddie's small business initially focused on making balloon art for special events, such as birthdays on the weekend. Lauren Lee, CNN, "Artist with autism makes balloon sculptures to thank essential workers," 31 May 2020 But the art of growing stuff can also promote important life skills in children. Kier Holmes, National Geographic, "How gardening can teach kids life skills," 29 May 2020 Success relies on the art of selling a losing proposition. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 GMC Syclone vs. Ferrari 348ts," 29 May 2020 KiwiCo’s Atlas crates are STEM-based, with projects like making a Japanese koinobori fluttering carp, or creating Peruvian Nazca Line art. Juliet Izon, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Travel Toys and Activities to Keep Kids of Every Age Entertained at Home," 25 May 2020 If creativity flourishes under constraint, then, theoretically, the restrictions of quarantine should be ideal for making art. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Charli XCX’s Quarantine Album Doesn’t Pander to the Moment," 23 May 2020 The pervading question being: Who gets to create art about whom? Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Provocations of Kent Monkman," 21 May 2020 In art, Murakami began gaining international attention. Marc Bain, Quartz, "How Japan’s global image morphed from military empire to eccentric pop-culture superpower," 21 May 2020 Figuring out what might restore consumer confidence is more art than science. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "The need to go is a big barrier to going out. Why public bathrooms are a stumbling block for reopening.," 19 May 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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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/art. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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Legal Definition of art

article

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