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noun art pronunciation in British English /ɑː(r)t/
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singularart
pluralarts
  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
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the activity of painting, drawing, or creating sculptures
    She devotes her spare time to her art.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      painting, drawing, and sculpture as subjects you study
      He studied Art and Design at university.
    See also work of art
  3. 3

    arts

    [plural] subjects of study that are not scientific, such as history, literature, and languages
    the Faculty of Arts
    an arts graduate/degree/subject
    the decorative/graphic arts
  4. 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.

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