I. 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
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> 2. 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> 4. a. the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also works so produced b. (1) fine arts (2) one of the fine arts (3) a graphic art 5. a. archaic a skillful plan b. the quality or state of being artful 6. decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter Synonyms: 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
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.