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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
art1 /ɑrt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Fine Art the making of things considered beautiful[uncountable]Art is her field of activity.
  2. Fine Art the objects produced in this way[uncountable]a great collection of Japanese art.
  3. the activity, skill, or subject of study concerned with producing such objects[uncountable]majored in art in college.
  4. Fine Art[countable] a field or category of art: Dance is an art.
  5. any field using the skills or techniques of art[uncountable]industrial art.
  6. [uncountable] artwork (def. 2).
  7. skill in conducting any human activity[countable; usually singular]the art of conversation.
arts, [plural]

      a branch of study in a college or university, including history, languages, music, philosophy, or literature, as opposed to scientific subjects.

art2 /ɑrt/USA pronunciation   v.  Archaic.
  1. second person singular present indicative form of the verb beused with "thou,'' an old form of "You'':Thou art.

  • suffix. -art is a variant form of -ard. It is found in such words as: braggart.

  • art.,  an abbreviation of:
    1. article.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    art1  (ärt), 
    1. Fine Artthe quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
    2. Fine Artthe class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria;
      works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings:a museum of art; an art collection.
    3. Fine Arta field, genre, or category of art:Dance is an art.
    4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture:art and architecture.
    5. any field using the skills or techniques of art:advertising art; industrial art.
    6. (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material:Is there any art with the copy for this story?
    7. the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning:the art of baking; the art of selling.
    8. the craft or trade using these principles or methods.
    9. skill in conducting any human activity:a master at 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.
    11. arts: 
        • (used with a sing. v.) the humanities:a college of arts and sciences.
        • (used with a pl. v.) See liberal arts. 
    12. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature.
    13. trickery; cunning:glib and devious art.
    14. studied action;
      artificiality in behavior.
    15. an artifice or artful device:the innumerable arts and wiles of politics.
    16. [Archaic.]science, learning, or scholarship.
    • Latin ars (nominative), artem (accusative)
    • Old French, accusative of ars
    • Middle English 1175–1225

    art2  (ärt), 
    v. [Archaic.]
    1. 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of be. 
    Etymology:bef. 950;
    Middle English;
    Old English eart, equivalent. to ear- (see are1) + -t ending of 2nd pers. singular

    Art  (ärt), 
    1. a male given name, form of Arthur. 

    ART, [Ling.]
    1. Linguisticsarticle: often used to represent the class of determiners, including words such as this, that, and some as well as the articles a, an, and the.

  • var. of -ard:  braggart.

  • art., pl. arts.  for 1.
    1. article;
    2. artificial.
    3. Militaryartillery.
    4. artist.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    art /ɑːt/ n
    1. the creation of works of beauty or other special significance
    2. (as modifier): an art movement
    3. the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature)
    4. imaginative skill as applied to representations of the natural world or figments of the imagination
    5. the products of man's creative activities; works of art collectively, esp of the visual arts, sometimes also music, drama, dance, and literature
    6. (as modifier): an art gallery
    7. any branch of the visual arts, esp painting
    8. any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualities
    9. (as modifier): an art film
    10. method, facility, or knack: the art of threading a needle, the art of writing letters
    11. the system of rules or principles governing a particular human activity: the art of government
    12. artfulness; cunning
    13. get something down to a fine artto become highly proficient at something through practice

    See also artsEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin ars craftsmanship
    art /ɑːt/ vb
    1. archaic (used with the pronoun thou)
      a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be
    Etymology: Old English eart, part of bēon to be


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