art Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “art” in the English Dictionary

"art" in British English

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uk   /ɑːt/  us   /ɑːrt/

art noun (EXPRESSION)

A2 [U] the making of ​objects, ​images, ​music, etc. that are ​beautiful or that ​expressfeelings: Can ​television and ​popmusic really be ​considered art? I ​enjoyed the ​ballet, but it wasn't really ​great art.A2 [U] the ​activity of ​painting, ​drawing, and making sculpture: Art and ​English were my ​bestsubjects at ​school. an art ​teacherA2 [U] paintings, ​drawings, and sculptures: The ​gallery has an ​excellentcollection of ​modern art. an ​exhibition of Native American art Peggy Guggenheim was one of the 20th century's ​great art ​collectors. The Frick is an art gallery in New York.B2 [C] an ​activity through which ​peopleexpressparticularideas: Drama is an art that is ​traditionallyperformed in a ​theatre. Do you ​regardfilm as ​entertainment or as an art? She is doing a ​course in the ​performing arts.the arts
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the making or ​showing or ​performance of ​painting, ​acting, ​dancing, and ​music: More ​governmentmoney is ​needed for the arts. publicinterest in the arts
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art noun (NOT SCIENCE)

arts C1 [plural] subjects, such as ​history, ​languages, and ​literature, that are not ​scientificsubjects: At ​school I was ​quite good at arts, but ​hopeless at ​science. Children should be given a ​well-balancededucation in both the arts and the sciences. arts ​graduates/​degrees

art noun (SKILL)

C1 [C] a ​skill or ​specialability: the art of ​conversation Getting him to go out is quite an art (= ​needsspecialskill).


/ɑːt/  us /ɑːrt/ old use
in the past, the second ​personsingular of the ​presenttense of "be": thou art (= you are)
(Definition of art from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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artnoun [U]

 us   /ɑrt/
the making or doing of something whose ​purpose is to ​bringpleasure to ​people through ​theirenjoyment of what is ​beautiful and ​interesting, or things often made for this ​purpose, such as ​paintings, ​drawings, or ​sculptures: ancient/​modern art American/​French/Japanese art an art ​museum/​gallery An art is also a ​skill or ​ability: He never ​learned the art of saying "Thank you."
(Definition of art from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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