What does ART mean?

Definitions for ARTɑrt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ART.

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Art

    ärt, 2d pers. sing. of the present tense of the verb To be. [A.S. eart.]

  2. Art

    ärt, n. practical skill guided by rules: human skill as opposed to nature: skill as applied to subjects of taste, the fine arts—music, painting, sculpture, architecture, and poetry: (pl.) specially used of certain branches of learning to be acquired as necessary for pursuit of higher studies, or for the work of life, as in phrase 'faculty of arts, master of arts:' the rules and methods of doing certain actions: a profession, skilled trade, or craft: contrivance: cunning, artfulness, or address: artifice, special faculty of some kind acquired by practice, skill, dexterity, knack: special faculty of giving expression to æsthetic or artistic quality, as in art-furniture, &c., supposed, by the buyer, in this respect, to justify its price.—adj. Art′ful, full of art: (arch.) dexterous, clever: cunning: produced by art.—adv. Art′fully.—n. Art′fulness.—adj. Art′less, simple: (rare) inartistic: guileless, unaffected.—adv. Art′lessly.—ns. Art′lessness; Arts′man, one who cultivates some practical knowledge: (arch.) a man skilled in arts or in learning.—n.pl. Art′-un′ions, associations having for their object the promotion of an interest in the fine arts.—Art and part, as in the phrase 'to be art and part in,' originally in legal expressions like 'to be concerned in either by art or part'—i.e. either by art in contriving or by part in actual execution; now loosely used in the sense of participating, sharing.—Useful arts as opposed to Fine arts, those in which the hands and body are more concerned than the mind.—Science and Art differ essentially in their aims—Science, in Mill's words, 'takes cognisance of a phenomenon, and endeavours to ascertain its law; Art proposes to itself an end, and looks out for means to effect it.' [L. ars, artis. See Arm.]

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.

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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 for ART »

  1. tar

  2. rat

  3. RTA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ART in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ART in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gwendolyn Brooks:

    Each body has its art...

  2. Claude Bernard:

    Art is I; science is we.

  3. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface:

    All art is quite useless.

  4. Jean Cocteau:

    Art is science made clear.

  5. William Pickens:

    Living together is an art.

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