Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

art - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun art pronunciation in British English /ɑː(r)t/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [uncountable] paintings, drawings, and sculptures that are created to be beautiful or to express ideas

    Do you like modern art?

    the art of ancient Mexico

    1. a.
      something that people feel has value because it is beautiful or expresses ideas

      Are these films art or entertainment?

  2. 4

    the arts

    [plural] activities such as art, music, film, theatre, and dance, considered together
  3. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] an activity that needs special skills or knowledge

    Bringing out the best in your students is an art.

    art of doing something:

    I have now mastered the art of letter-writing.

    an art to doing something:

    There’s an art to parking this truck.

    have/get something down to a fine art:

    Fred’s got car-buying down to a fine art.



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play