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noun British English pronunciation: art /ɑː(r)t/ 
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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.

    1. a.
      painting, drawing, and sculpture as subjects you study

      He studied Art and Design at university.

    See also  work of art
  3. 3


    [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.

This is the British English definition of art. View American English definition of art