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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.
  8. 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 be used 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.

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    art1  (ärt),USA pronunciation n. 
    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),USA pronunciation v. [Archaic.]
    1. 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of  be. 
    • bef. 950; Middle English; Old English eart, equivalent. to ear- (see are1) + -t ending of 2nd pers. singular

    Art  (ärt),USA pronunciation n. 
    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.

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    -ard or -art,
  • suffix.  -ard or -art is attached to some verbs and nouns to form nouns that refer to persons who regularly do an activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem: dullard (= one who is dull);
    drunkard (= one who is drunk).

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  • a suffix forming nouns that denote persons who regularly engage in an activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem;
    now usually pejorative:coward; drunkard;wizard.
  • Also,  -art. 
    • Old French, probably extracted from Frankish compound personal names; compare Old High German Adalhart (French Alard), Bernhart (French Bernard), with 2d element -hart literally, strong, hardy, hard (cognate with Old English -heard in names), often merely as intensifier of quality denoted in 1st element.
    • Middle English

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    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

    -ard, -art suffix forming nouns
    1. indicating a person who does something, esp to excess, or is characterized by a certain quality: braggart, drunkard, dullard
    Etymology: via Old French from Germanic -hard (literally: hardy, bold), the final element in many Germanic masculine names, such as Bernhard Bernard, Gerhart Gerard, etc

    -art suffix forming nouns
    1. a variant of -ard

    'art' also found in these entries:
    Collocations: [practices, studies] the [visual, performance, fine, martial] arts, at an art [show, museum, exhibition, gallery], is trained in the [visual] arts, more...

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