Art Definition

ärt
arts
noun
arts
The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.
American Heritage
Human ability to make things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature.
Webster's New World
Such activity in the visual or plastic arts.
Takes classes in art at the college.
American Heritage
Skill; craftsmanship.
Webster's New World
Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group.
Art on display in the lobby.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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abbreviation
Article.
Webster's New World
Artificial.
Webster's New World
Assisted reproductive technology.
American Heritage Medicine
adjective
Of or for works of art or artists.
Art gallery, art colony.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
verb
Webster's New World

(archaic) Second-person singular simple present form of be.

How great thou art!
Wiktionary
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Braggart.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Art

Noun

Singular:
art
Plural:
arts

Origin of Art

  • From Middle English, from Old English eart (“(thou) art”), second-person singular present indicative of wesan, from Proto-Germanic *ar-t (“(thou) art", originally, "(thou) becamest”), second-person singular preterite indicative form of *iraną (“to rise, be quick, become active”), from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or(w)- (“to lift, rise, set in motion”). Cognate with Faroese ert (“art”), Icelandic ert (“art”), Old English earon (“are”), from the same preterite-present Germanic verb. More at are.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English art, from Old French art, from Latin artem, accusative of ars "art". Displaced native Middle English liste (“art”) (from Old English list).

    From Wiktionary

  • A representation of the pronunciation of heart by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition (IPA: [h]).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin ars art- ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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