term of art

noun phrase

Definition of term of art

: a term that has a specialized meaning in a particular field or profession

First Known Use of term of art

1570, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about term of art

Time Traveler for term of art

Time Traveler

The first known use of term of art was in 1570

See more words from the same year

Statistics for term of art

Cite this Entry

“Term of art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/term%20of%20art. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for term of art

term of art

Legal Definition of term of art

: a word having a particular meaning in a field (as the law)

called also word of art

Comments on term of art

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!