term of art

noun phrase

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

Examples of term of art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But today, the word, which is also a legal term of art, has a different context and usage in online spaces. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2024 And because long-term Treasuries have a high duration — a term of art denoting the sensitivity of a bond’s price to changes in interest rates — the value of long-term bonds generally is likely to keep fluctuating as long as interest rates remain unstable. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 After becoming a civilian, the term of art for a nondancer, Wells turned to modelling. Hannah Zeavin, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 Codas are clearly learned or, to use the term of art, socially transmitted. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 From the moment the algorithms set to work detecting their targets until these targets are prosecuted — a term of art in the field — no more than two or three minutes elapse. Bruno Maçães, Time, 10 July 2023 What all these fighters seek is freedom, a word that appears capitalized throughout the book, like a term of art or faith. Giri Nathan, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of term of art was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Term of art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/term%20of%20art. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

term of art

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

called also word of art

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