1

beaux arts

play
plural noun \ ˈbō-ˈzär \

Definition of beaux arts

Origin and Etymology of beaux arts

French beaux-arts


2

beaux arts

adjective, often capitalized B&A

Definition of beaux arts

:characterized by the use of historic forms, rich decorative detail, and a tendency toward monumental conception in architecture

Origin and Etymology of beaux arts

French École des Beaux-Arts School of Fine Arts, in Paris


Learn More about beaux arts


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up beaux arts? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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