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 Dictionary entry overview: What does art mean? 

ART (noun)
  The noun ART has 4 senses:

1. the products of human creativity; works of art collectively
2. the creation of beautiful or significant things
3. a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
4. photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication

  Familiarity information: ART used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ART (noun)

Sense 1art [BACK TO TOP]


The products of human creativity; works of art collectively

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


art; fine art

Context examples:

an art exhibition / a fine collection of art

Hypernyms ("art" is a kind of...):

creation (an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "art"):

kitsch (art in pretentious bad taste)

mosaic (art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass)

plastic art (the arts of shaping or modeling; carving and sculpture)

triptych (art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together))

work of art (art that is a product of one of the fine arts (especially a painting or sculpture of artistic merit))

dance (an artistic form of nonverbal communication)

grotesque (art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants)

graphic art (the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking)

genre (a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique)

artificial flower (a handmade imitation of a blossom)

commercial art (art used for commercial purposes (as in advertising))

cyberart (art that is produced with the help of computer hardware and software)

decoupage (art produced by decorating a surface with cutouts and then coating it with several layers of varnish or lacquer)

diptych (a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on two panels (usually hinged like a book))

gem; treasure (art highly prized for its beauty or perfection)

Sense 2art [BACK TO TOP]


The creation of beautiful or significant things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


artistic creation; artistic production; art

Context examples:

art 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

Hypernyms ("art" is a kind of...):

creation; creative activity (the human act of creating)

Domain member category:

chalk out; sketch (make a sketch of)

model; mold; mould (form in clay, wax, etc)

miniate (paint with red lead or vermilion)

watercolor; watercolour (paint with watercolors)

stipple (make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink)

fill in; shade (represent the effect of shade or shadow on)

cartoon (draw cartoons of)

charcoal (draw, trace, or represent with charcoal)

draw (represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface)

portray; present (represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally)

depict; limn; portray (make a portrait of)

conventionalize; stylise; stylize (represent according to a conventional style)

lithograph (make by lithography)

silkscreen (print by silkscreen)

formalised; formalistic; formalized (concerned with or characterized by rigorous or adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art))

nonrepresentational (of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature)

moderne (of or relating to a popularization of art deco that used bright colors and rectangular shapes)

cathartic; releasing (emotionally purging (of e.g. art))

pop; popular ((of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people))

deaccession (sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works)

model; pose; posture; sit (assume a posture as for artistic purposes)

aquatint (etch in aquatint)

etch (make an etching of)

stipple (engrave by means of dots and flicks)

engrave (carve, cut, or etch into a block used for printing or print from such a block)

stencil (mark or print with a stencil)

illustrate (depict with an illustration)

depict; picture; render; show (show in, or as in, a picture)

interpret; represent (create an image or likeness of)

idealogue; theoretician; theoriser; theorist; theorizer (someone who theorizes (especially in science or art))

appraiser; authenticator (one who determines authenticity (as of works of art) or who guarantees validity)

exhibition; expo; exposition (a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display)

ensemble; tout ensemble (an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole)

expressive style; style (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period)

celluloid; cinema; film (a medium that disseminates moving pictures)

aesthetics; esthetics ((art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art))

vocabulary (the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts))

talaria (a winged sandal (as worn by Hermes in Graeco-Roman art))

ground ((art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting)

art; fine art (the products of human creativity; works of art collectively)

Americana (any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America)

tension (a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature))

doldrums; stagnancy; stagnation (a state of inactivity (in business or art etc))

charge (place a heraldic bearing on)

repaint (paint again)

paint (make a painting)

paint (make a painting of)

sculpt; sculpture (create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material)

blazon; emblazon (decorate with heraldic arms)

miniate; rubricate (decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red)

longueur (a period of dullness or boredom (especially in a work of literature or performing art))

finger-paint (apply colors with one's fingers)

fresco (paint onto wet plaster on a wall)

distemper (paint with distemper)

illuminate (add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "art"):

arts and crafts (the arts of decorative design and handicraft)

topiary (making decorative shapes by trimming shrubs or trees)

carving; sculpture (creating figures or designs in three dimensions)

printmaking (artistic design and manufacture of prints as woodcuts or silkscreens)

perfumery (the art of making perfumes)

painting (creating a picture with paints)

origami (the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds))

gastronomy (the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food)

glyptography (carving or engraving (especially on stones))

drafting; draftsmanship; drawing (the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams)

decoupage (the art of decorating a surface with shapes or pictures and then coating it with vanish or lacquer)

decal; decalcomania (the art of transfering designs from specially prepared paper to a wood or glass or metal surface)

ceramics (the art of making and decorating pottery)

Sense 3art [BACK TO TOP]


A superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


prowess; artistry; art

Context examples:

the art of conversation / it's quite an art

Hypernyms ("art" is a kind of...):

superior skill (more than ordinary ability)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "art"):

ventriloquism; ventriloquy (the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy))

telescopy (the art of making and using telescopes)

taxidermy (the art of mounting the skins of animals so that they have lifelike appearance)

puppetry (the art of making puppets and presenting puppet shows)

enology; oenology (the art of wine making)

musicianship (artistry in performing music)

minstrelsy (the art of a minstrel)

horology (the art of designing and making clocks)

homiletics (the art of preaching)

fortification (the art or science of strengthening defenses)

falconry (the art of training falcons to hunt and return)

eristic (the art of logical disputation (especially if specious))

airmanship; aviation (the art of operating aircraft)

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Photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


artwork; graphics; nontextual matter; art

Context example:

the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book

Hypernyms ("art" is a kind of...):

visual communication (communication that relies on vision)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "art"):

illustration (artwork that helps make something clear or attractive)

drawing (an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book or magazine)

Holonyms ("art" is a part of...):

publication (a copy of a printed work offered for distribution)

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