Pronunciation: (ärt),[key] —n. 1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection. 3. a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art. 4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture. 5. any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art. 6. (in printed matter) illustrative or decorative material: Is there any art with the copy for this story? 7. the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning: the art of baking; the art of selling. 8. the craft or trade using these principles or methods.
9. skill in conducting any human activity: a master at the art of conversation. 10. a branch of learning or university study, esp. one of the fine arts or the humanities, as music, philosophy, or literature.
11. arts, a. (used with a sing. v.) the humanities: a college of arts and sciences. b. (used with a pl. v.) See liberal arts. 12. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature.
13. trickery; cunning: glib and devious art. 14. studied action; artificiality in behavior.
15. an artifice or artful device: the innumerable arts and wiles of politics. 16. Archaic.science, learning, or scholarship.
Pronunciation: (ärt),[key] —v.Archaic. 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of be.
Pronunciation: (ärt),[key] —n. a male given name, form of Arthur.
Ling. article: often used to represent the class of determiners, including words such as this, that, and some as well as the articles a, an, and the.