fine art


Definition of fine art

1a : art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects usually used in plural
b : objects of fine art
2 : an activity requiring a fine skill

Examples of fine art in a Sentence

a collector of fine art She studies painting in the department of fine arts. We saw the sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts. the fine art of gourmet cooking
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Recent Examples on the Web Heather White – a professor of fine art, metalsmithing, and jewelry at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston – arranged for tool kits to be mailed to students directly from suppliers. Cassandre Coyer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ballet in the kitchen? What arts majors learned during lockdown.," 19 June 2020 Art Affaire, the historical society’s annual fall fundraiser, into a regionally popular outdoor fine art and fine craft show. Jeanne Houck,, "Greater Milford Area Historical Society administrator to retire after 18 years at helm," 15 June 2020 O’Gallerie, a Portland auction house that specializes in fine art, antiques and estates, will do pre-sale evaluations (not appraisals) for items worth at least $250. oregonlive, "When you have a lifetime of stuff to let go, experts help with hard decisions," 10 June 2020 Heritage Auctions — which is known internationally for its sales of collectable items and memorabilia — has expanded in recent years into fine art, jewelry and timepieces, rare wines and historic artifacts. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Heritage Auctions will double its footprint with new campus at DFW Airport," 3 June 2020 And Makeda Easter comes through with a list of resources for those in the fine arts. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: Art and pandemic — how artists and institutions are faring," 4 Apr. 2020 The contests will focus on academics, fine arts and physical fitness skills. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena ISD summer school expected to be busy because of pandemic," 22 May 2020 The school board on Monday heard the reasons for the committee’s recommendations: Sixth-graders would have more academic, fine arts and athletics options in a junior high setting. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson ISD considers middle school model, adding sixth grade to seventh and eighth grade campuses," 7 May 2020 The North Dakota High School Activities Association is canceling spring sports, fine arts and other state contests because of the coronavirus. USA TODAY, "Busy beaches, open malls, mask frustration: News from around our 50 states," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of fine art

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Jun 2020

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“Fine art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fine art

: a type of art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) that is done to create beautiful things
: an activity that requires skill and care

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