liberal artsliberal arts
- Historical the subjects in the trivium and quadrivium
- the subjects of an academic college course, including literature, philosophy, languages, history, and, usually, survey courses of the sciences, as distinguished from professional or technical subjects: sometimes referred to as arts, as in Bachelor of Arts
Origin of liberal artstranslated, translation of Classical Latin artes liberales, literally , arts befitting a freeman: so named in contrast to artes serviles, lower (lit., servile) arts, and because open to study only by freemen (L liberi); in later use understood as “arts becoming a gentleman”
- Academic disciplines, including literature, history, languages, philosophy, mathematics, and general sciences, viewed in contrast to professional and technical disciplines.
- The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.
Origin of liberal artsMiddle English translation of Medieval Latin artēs liberālēs the trivium and quadrivium Latin artēs pl. of ars subject of study līberālēs pl. of līberālis proper to free persons