art: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ärt), [key]
— n.
  1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
  2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.
  3. a 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. a college of arts and sciences.
    1. (used with a sing. v.) the humanities:a college of arts and sciences.
    2. (used with a pl. v.) Seeliberal 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. science, learning, or scholarship.


Pronunciation: (ärt), [key]
— v. Archaic.
  1. 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of


Pronunciation: (ärt), [key]
— n.
  1. a male given name, form of


Pronunciation: [key]
— Ling. Ling.
  1. article: 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.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofbraggart.


Pronunciation: [key]
— pl. arts.
  1. article; articles.
  2. artificial.
  3. artillery.
  4. artist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also:
  • art (Thesaurus)