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English noun: art

1. art (artifact) the products of human creativity; works of art collectively


SamplesAn art exhibition.
A fine collection of art.


Synonymsfine art


Broader (hypernym)creation


Narrower (hyponym)artificial flower, commercial art, cyberart, dance, decoupage, diptych, gem, genre, graphic art, grotesque, kitsch, mosaic, plastic art, treasure, triptych, work of art


Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

2. art (act) the creation of beautiful or significant things


SamplesArt does not need to be innovative to be good.
I was never any good at art.
He said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully.


Synonymsartistic creation, artistic production


Broader (hypernym)creation, creative activity


Narrower (hyponym)arts and crafts, carving, ceramics, decalcomania, decoupage, drafting, draftsmanship, drawing, gastronomy, glyptography, origami, painting, perfumery, printmaking, sculpture, topiary


Domain category membersaesthetics, Americana, appraiser, aquatint, art, authenticator, blazon, cartoon, cathartic, celluloid, chalk out, charcoal, charge, cinema, conventionalize, deaccession, depict, depict, distemper, doldrums, draw, emblazon, engrave, ensemble, esthetics, etch, etch, exhibition, expo, exposition, expressive style, fill in, film, fine art, finger-paint, formalised, formalistic, formalized, fresco, ground, idealogue, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, limn, lithograph, longueur, miniate, miniate, model, model, moderne, mold, mould, nonrepresentational, paint, paint, picture, pop, popular, portray, portray, pose, posture, present, releasing, render, repaint, represent, rubricate, sculpt, sculpture, shade, show, silkscreen, sit, sketch, stagnancy, stagnation, stencil, stipple, stipple, style, stylise, stylize, talaria, tension, theoretician, theoriser, theorist, theorizer, tout ensemble, vocabulary, watercolor, watercolour

3. art (cognition) a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation


SamplesThe art of conversation.
It's quite an art.


Synonymsartistry, prowess


Broader (hypernym)superior skill


Narrower (hyponym)airmanship, aviation, enology, eristic, falconry, fortification, homiletics, horology, minstrelsy, musicianship, oenology, puppetry, taxidermy, telescopy, ventriloquism, ventriloquy

4. art (communication) photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication


SamplesThe publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book.


Synonymsartwork, graphics, nontextual matter


Broader (hypernym)visual communication


Narrower (hyponym)drawing, illustration


Part meronympublication









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