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art1 (ɑrt Pronunciation for )



  1. human ability to make things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature
  2. skill; craftsmanship
  3. any specific skill or its application   ⇒ the art of making friends
  4. any craft, trade, or profession, or its principles   ⇒ the cobbler's art, the physician's art
  5. creative work or its principles; a making or doing of things that display form, beauty, and unusual perception: art includes painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, drama, the dance, etc. see also fine art
  6. any branch of creative work, esp. painting, drawing, or work in any other graphic or plastic medium
  7. products of creative work; paintings, statues, etc.
  8. pictorial and decorative material accompanying the text in a newspaper, magazine, or advertising layout
    1. (archaic) learning
    2. a branch of learning
    3. ([pl.]) the liberal arts (literature, music, philosophy, etc.) as distinguished from the sciences
  9. artful behavior; cunning
  10. sly or cunning trick; wile (usually used in pl.)


  1. of or for works of art or artists   ⇒ art gallery, art colony
art1, the word of widest application in this group, denotes in its broadest sense merely the ability to make something or to execute a plan; skill implies expertness or great proficiency in doing something; artifice implies skill used as a means of trickery or deception; craft implies ingenuity in execution, sometimes even suggesting trickery or deception; in another sense, craft is distinguished from art in its application to a lesser skill involving little or no creative thought

Word Origin

ME < OFr arte < L ars (gen. artis), art < IE base * ar-, to join, fit together > arm1, , arm2, , articulate, , ratio, L artus, joint

art2 (ɑrt Pronunciation for )


intransitive verb

  1. (archaic) be (used with thou)



  1. article
  2. artificial

-art (ərt Pronunciation for )


  1. -ard   ⇒ braggart

Translations for 'art'

  • American English: artPronunciation for art Art consists of paintings, sculpture, and other pictures or objects that are created for people to look at....modern American art. arts
  • Arabic: فَنّPronunciation for فَنّمهارة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: artePronunciation for arte
  • Chinese: 艺术Pronunciation for 艺术
  • Croatian: umjetnostPronunciation for umjetnost
  • Czech: uměníPronunciation for umění
  • Danish: kunstPronunciation for kunst
  • Dutch: kunstPronunciation for kunst
  • European Spanish: artePronunciation for arte
  • Finnish: taidePronunciation for taide
  • French: artPronunciation for art
  • German: KunstPronunciation for Kunst Künste
  • Greek: τέχνηPronunciation for τέχνη
  • Italian: artePronunciation for arte
  • Japanese: 美術Pronunciation for 美術
  • Korean: 예술Pronunciation for 예술
  • Norwegian: kunstPronunciation for kunst
  • Polish: sztukaPronunciation for sztukadziedzina
  • Portuguese: artePronunciation for arte
  • Romanian: artă arte
  • Russian: искусствоPronunciation for искусство
  • Spanish: artePronunciation for arte
  • Swedish: konstPronunciation for konst
  • Thai: ศิลปะPronunciation for ศิลปะ
  • Turkish: sanatPronunciation for sanat
  • Ukrainian: мистецтво
  • Vietnamese: nghệ thuậtPronunciation for nghệ thuật

Example Sentences Including 'art'

Judy had been painting since she broke up with Kurt, who had left some of his art supplies behind.
Lisa Scottoline ROUGH JUSTICE (2001)
Another patch that Kelly had on Astaire: his movies were far superior as integrated works of popular art.
Time Magazine (2002)
If you respect the art of politics, it's absolutely enraging.
Seattle Times (2002)
The pole is decorated in red, black, white and yellow --- the traditional paints of Northwest totem art.
Seattle Times (2002)
For Westerners sensitive to art , Islamic art is in fact one of the best means of understanding the heart of Islam.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr THE HEART OF ISLAM: Enduring Values for Humanity (2002)


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