Definitions for artɑrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the quality, production, expression, or realm of what is beautiful or of more than ordinary significance.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. a field or category of art:

    Dance is an art.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. the fine arts collectively.

  5. any field using the skills or techniques of art:

    industrial art.

  6. (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material.

  7. the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning:

    the art of baking.

  8. the craft or trade using these principles or methods.

  9. skill in conducting any human activity:

    the art of conversation.

  10. a branch of learning or university study, esp. one of the fine arts or the humanities, as music, philosophy, or literature.

    Category: Education

  11. arts, (used with a sing. v.) the humanities. (used with a pl. v.)

    Ref: liberal arts.

  12. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature.

  13. trickery; cunning.

  14. studied action; artificiality in behavior.

  15. an artifice or artful device:

    the arts of politics.

  16. Archaic. science; learning.

Origin of art:

1175–1225; ME < OF, acc. of ars < L ars (nom.), artem (acc.)


  1. Category: Function Word

    Ref: 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of be . 1

* Archaic..

Origin of art:

bef. 950; ME; OE eart=ear- (see are1) +-t ending of 2nd pers. sing.


  1. var. of -ard :


    Category: Affix


  1. article.

  2. artillery.

    Category: Military

  3. artist.

* for 1 ..

Princeton's WordNet

  1. art, fine art(noun)

    the products of human creativity; works of art collectively

    "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art"

  2. art, artistic creation, artistic production(noun)

    the creation of beautiful or significant things

    "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"

  3. art, artistry, prowess(noun)

    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation

    "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"

  4. artwork, art, graphics, nontextual matter(noun)

    photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication

    "the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. art(noun)ɑrt

    painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.

    an art gallery; famous works of art; He's very good at art.

  2. artɑrt

    an ability that needs skill

    the art of story-telling


  1. Art(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the male given name Arthur.

  2. Origin: A representation of the pronunciation of heart by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition ([h]).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Art

    the second person singular, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb Be; but formed after the analogy of the plural are, with the ending -t, as in thou shalt, wilt, orig. an ending of the second person sing. pret. Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical style

  2. Art(noun)

    the employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the application of knowledge or power to practical purposes

  3. Art(noun)

    a system of rules serving to facilitate the performance of certain actions; a system of principles and rules for attaining a desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the art of building or engraving; the art of war; the art of navigation

  4. Art(noun)

    the systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill

  5. Art(noun)

    the application of skill to the production of the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so employed, as in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he prefers art to literature

  6. Art(noun)

    those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts

  7. Art(noun)

    learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters

  8. Art(noun)

    skill, dexterity, or the power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study, or observation; knack; as, a man has the art of managing his business to advantage

  9. Art(noun)

    skillful plan; device

  10. Art(noun)

    cunning; artifice; craft

  11. Art(noun)

    the black art; magic


  1. Art

    Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities; this article focuses primarily on the visual arts, which includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential—in a way that they are usually not for a painting, for example. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature, and other media such as interactive media are included in a broader definition of art or the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences, but in modern usage the fine arts, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, are distinguished from acquired skills in general, and the decorative or applied arts. Art has been characterized in terms of mimesis, expression, communication of emotion, or other values. During the Romantic period, art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science". Though the definition of what constitutes art is disputed and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of human agency and creation through imaginative or technical skill.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. art

    1. The vengeance of the Ideal on the Real. 2. Anything done by a man or a woman on paper, canvas, marble or a musical keyboard that people pretend to understand, and sometimes buy. 3. The antithesis of whatever becomes popular in the cultured world. 4. To cast out the dragons of virtue and hypocrisy by committing some imaginary sin and telling the world about it. 5. The beautiful way of doing things. 6. The expression of a man's joy in his work. 7. A matter of hair-cut and neckties. 8. The uplifting of the beautiful so that all may see and enjoy. 9. The utilization of love's exhaust. 10. Love's by-product.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'art' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #600

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'art' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1873

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'art' in Nouns Frequency: #172

Anagrams of art

  1. tar

  2. rat

  3. RTA

Translations for art

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


painting and sculpture

I'm studying art at school; Do you like modern art?; (also adjective) an art gallery, an art college.

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