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noun     art pronunciation in British English
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  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. 2
    [uncountable] the activity of painting, drawing, or creating sculptures

    She devotes her spare time to her art.

    See also work of art
  3. 4

    the arts

    [plural] activities such as art, music, film, theatre, and dance, considered together
  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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