Pronunciation: (ärt), [key]
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., learning, or scholarship.


Pronunciation: (ärt), [key]
v. Archaic.
2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. of be.


Pronunciation: (ärt), [key]
a male given name, form of Arthur.


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.


var. of -ard: braggart.


pl. arts. for 1.

1. article; articles.
2. artificial.
3. artillery.
4. artist.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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