Definition of "art" []

  • Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. (noun)
  • The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. (noun)
  • The study of these activities. (noun)
  • The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered as a group. (noun)
  • High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value. (noun)
  • The creation of works of beauty or other special significance (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The exercise of human skill (as distinguished from nature) (noun)
  • Imaginative skill as applied to representations of the natural world or figments of the imagination (noun)
  • The products of man's creative activities; works of art collectively, esp of the visual arts, sometimes also music, drama, dance, and literature (noun)
  • Excellence or aesthetic merit of conception or execution as exemplified by such works (noun)
  • Any branch of the visual arts, esp painting (noun)
  • Intended to be artistic or decorative (noun)
  • Any field using the techniques of art to display artistic qualities (noun)
  • Photographs or other illustrations in a newspaper, etc (noun)
  • Method, facility, or knack (noun)
  • The system of rules or principles governing a particular human activity (noun)
  • Artfulness; cunning (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "art" in a sentence
  • "ATTRIBUTION: HILTON KRAMER, The New York Times art critic, in the late 1960s when the term “minimal art” was in vogue."
  • "NATURE, the art whereby God hath made and governs the world, is by the ‘art, ’ of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an artificial animal."
  • "Cellini’s use of the word arte for the art or trade of goldsmiths corresponds to “the art” as used by English writers early in this century."