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art 1

a. 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.
b. Such activity in the visual or plastic arts: takes classes in art at the college.
c. Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group: art on display in the lobby.
2. A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
3. A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
4. A skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of negotiation. See Synonyms at skill.
a. arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.
b. Artful contrivance; cunning.
6. Printing Illustrative material, especially in contrast to text.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ars, art-; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

art 2

 (ərt; ärt when stressed)
v. Archaic
A second person singular present indicative of be.

[Middle English, from Old English eart; see er- in Indo-European roots.]


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pl n
1. (Art Terms)
a. the arts imaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp as studied academically
b. (as modifier): an arts degree.
2. (Art Terms) See fine art
3. cunning or crafty actions or plots; schemes
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
neoclassicism - revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism - a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms; "classicism often derived its models from the ancient Greeks and Romans"
Romantic Movement, Romanticism - a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization; "Romanticism valued imagination and emotion over rationality"
English - the discipline that studies the English language and literature
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
art history - the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
chronology - the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
Occidentalism - the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
Oriental Studies, Orientalism - the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
literary study - the humanistic study of literature
library science - the study of the principles and practices of library administration
philology, linguistics - the humanistic study of language and literature
musicology - the scholarly and scientific study of music
Sinology - the study of Chinese history and language and culture
stemmatics, stemmatology - the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis); "stemmatology also plays an important role in musicology"; "transcription errors are of decisive importance in stemmatics"
trivium - (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
quadrivium - (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
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الآداب، المَواضيع الأدَبِيَّه
humanitní/společenské vědy
humanistiske fag
humanitné vedy
sosyal bilimler


[ˈɑːrts] npl (= culture) the arts → les arts mpl
a patron of the arts → un mécène


Arts [ˈɑːrts]
npl (UNIVERSITY)lettres fpl
You can study arts or science → Vous pouvez faire lettres ou school nécole f des beaux-artsArts Council n organisme publique britannique chargé de la promotion des arts et de la culturearts degree Arts degree nlicence f ès lettresarts student Arts student nétudiant(e) m/f en lettresart student nétudiant(e) m/f des beaux-arts
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Arts Council
nKulturausschuss m (der britischen Regierung)
arts degree
Arts Faculty, Faculty of Arts
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[ɑːts] npl (Univ) → lettere fpl, studi mpl umanistici
the arts → le belle arti
arts and crafts → artigianato
Faculty of Arts → facoltà di Lettere
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(aːt) noun
1. painting and sculpture. I'm studying art at school; Do you like modern art?; (also adjective) an art gallery, an art college.
2. any of various creative forms of expression. painting, music, dancing, writing and the other arts.
3. an ability or skill; the (best) way of doing something. the art of conversation/war.
ˈartful adjective
clever; having a lot of skill (usually in a bad sense). an artful thief.
ˈartfully adverb
ˈartfulness noun
arts noun plural
(often with capital) languages, literature, history, as opposed to scientific subjects.
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References in classic literature ?
Nor does the art of horsemanship consider the interests of the art of horsemanship, but the interests of the horse; neither do any other arts care for themselves, for they have no needs; they care only for that which is the subject of their art?
This appears in works both of the useful and the fine arts, if we employ the popular distinction of works according to their aim either at use or beauty.
It is made up of accumulated tradition, kept alive by individual pride, rendered exact by professional opinion, and, like the higher arts, it spurred on and sustained by discriminating praise.
For as there are persons who, by conscious art or mere habit, imitate and represent various objects through the medium of colour and form, or again by the voice; so in the arts above mentioned, taken as a whole, the imitation is produced by rhythm, language, or 'harmony,' either singly or combined.
In England, the arts that have escaped best are the arts in which the public take no interest.
for they may be fixed as in other arts; for the instruments of no art whatsoever are infinite, either in their number or their magnitude; but riches are a number of instruments in domestic and civil economy; it is therefore evident that the acquisition of certain things according to nature is a part both of domestic and civil economy, and for what reason.
How many arts do you understand?' 'I understand but one,' replied the cat, modestly.
That which is with you in Spaceland an unmixed evil, blotting out the landscape, depressing the spirits, and enfeebling the health, is by us recognized as a blessing scarcely inferior to air itself, and as the Nurse of arts and Parent of sciences.
When one loves one's Art no service seems too hard.
If we had leisure to examine with the reader, one by one, the diverse traces of destruction imprinted upon the old church, time's share would be the least, the share of men the most, especially the men of art, since there have been individuals who assumed the title of architects during the last two centuries.
You," he said to the First Poet, "excel in Art - take the Apple.
For instance, Art is allowed as much indecent license today as in earlier times-- but the privileges of Literature in this respect have been sharply curtailed within the past eighty or ninety years.