Meaning of ART in English

I. ˈärt, ərt

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English eart; akin to Old Norse est, ert (thou) art, Old English is is

archaic present second singular of be

II. ˈärt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin art-, ars — more at arm

Date: 13th century

1. : skill acquired by experience, study, or observation

the art of making friends


a. : a branch of learning:

(1) : one of the humanities

(2) plural : liberal arts

b. archaic : learning , scholarship

3. : an occupation requiring knowledge or skill

the art of organ building


a. : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects ; also : works so produced


(1) : fine arts

(2) : one of the fine arts

(3) : a graphic art


a. archaic : a skillful plan

b. : the quality or state of being artful

6. : decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter


art , skill , cunning , artifice , craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power

the art of choosing the right word

skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency

the skill of a glassblower

cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing

a mystery plotted with great cunning

artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature

believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice

craft may imply expertness in workmanship

the craft of a master goldsmith

III. adjective

Date: 1868

: produced as an artistic effort or for decorative purposes

an art film

art dolls

art music

IV. abbreviation

1. article

2. artificial

3. artillery

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.