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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
art1 /ɑrt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Fine Art the making of things considered beautiful[uncountable]Art is her field of activity.
- Fine Art the objects produced in this way[uncountable]a great collection of Japanese art.
- the activity, skill, or subject of study concerned with producing such objects[uncountable]majored in art in college.
- Fine Art[countable] a field or category of art: Dance is an art.
- any field using the skills or techniques of art[uncountable]industrial art.
- [uncountable] artwork (def. 2).
- skill in conducting any human activity[countable; usually singular]the art of conversation.
art2 /ɑrt/USA pronunciation
a branch of study in a college or university, including history, languages, music, philosophy, or literature, as opposed to scientific subjects.
suffix. -art is a variant form of -ard. It is found in such words as: braggart.
an abbreviation of:
- second person singular present indicative form of the verb beused with "thou,'' an old form of "You'':Thou art.
- Fine Artthe quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
- 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.
- Fine Arta field, genre, or category of art:Dance is an art.
- the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture:art and architecture.
- any field using the skills or techniques of art:advertising art; industrial art.
- (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material:Is there any art with the copy for this story?
- the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning:the art of baking; the art of selling.
- the craft or trade using these principles or methods.
- skill in conducting any human activity:a master at the art of conversation.
- a branch of learning or university study, esp. one of the fine arts or the humanities, as music, philosophy, or literature.
- (used with a sing. v.) the humanities:a college of arts and sciences.
skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature.
trickery; cunning:glib and devious art.
- (used with a pl. v.) See liberal arts.
artificiality in behavior.
an artifice or artful device:the innumerable arts and wiles of politics.
[Archaic.]science, learning, or scholarship.
(ärt), v. [Archaic.]
- Latin ars (nominative), artem (accusative)
- Old French, accusative of ars
- Middle English 1175–1225
- 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of be.
Old English eart, equivalent. to ear- (see are1) + -t ending of 2nd pers. singular
- a male given name, form of Arthur.
var. of -ard: braggart.
art., pl. arts. for 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.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
art /ɑːt/ n
See also artsEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin ars craftsmanship
- the creation of works of beauty or other special significance
- (as modifier): an art movement
- the exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature)
- imaginative skill as applied to representations of the natural world or figments of the imagination
- the products of man's creative activities; works of art collectively, esp of the visual arts, sometimes also music, drama, dance, and literature
- (as modifier): an art gallery
- any branch of the visual arts, esp painting
- any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualities
- (as modifier): an art film
- method, facility, or knack: the art of threading a needle, the art of writing letters
- the system of rules or principles governing a particular human activity: the art of government
- artfulness; cunning
- get something down to a fine art ⇒ to become highly proficient at something through practice
art /ɑːt/ vb
Etymology: Old English eart, part of bēon to be
- archaic (used with the pronoun thou)
a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be