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  Dictionary Definition of art

art [1]
noun
1. the production or expression of what is beautiful (esp. visually), appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
2. Journalism any illustration in a newspaper or magazine.
3. a department of skilled performance: industrial art.
4. ( plural ) a branch of learning or university study.
5. ( plural ) liberal arts.
6. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency (often opposed to nature ).
7. a skill or knack; a method of doing a thing, especially if it is difficult.
8. craft; cunning: glib and oily art.
9. studied action; artificiality in behaviour.
10. ( usually plural ) an artifice or artful device: the arts and wiles of politics.
11. learning or science.
[ME, from OF, from L ars skill, art]