art


art
art1 W1S1 [a:t US a:rt] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin ars]
1.) [U]
the use of painting, drawing, ↑sculpture etc to represent things or express ideas
an example of Indian art
contemporary/modern art
the Museum of Modern Art
2.) [plural, U]
objects that are produced by art, such as paintings, drawings etc
an art exhibition
an art critic
an arts and crafts fair
The exhibition features 175 works of art.
3.) [U]
the skill of drawing or painting
He's very good at art.
an art teacher
4.) the arts [plural]
art, music, theatre, film, literature etc all considered together
Government funding for the arts has been reduced.
5.) arts also the arts [plural]
subjects you can study that are not scientific, for example history, languages etc
→↑humanities
6.) [U and C]
the ability or skill involved in doing or making something
Television is ruining the art of conversation.
Writing advertisements is quite an art (=it is difficult to do) .
have/get sth down to a fine art
(=do something very well)
I've got the early morning routine down to a fine art.
art 2
art2 v old-fashioned or biblical
[: Old English; Origin: eart]
thou art
a phrase meaning 'you are'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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