Definition: Arts

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From Middle English art, from Old French art, from Latin artem, accusative of ars (art). Partly displaced native Old English cræft, whence Modern English craft.


arts (plural only)

  1. The humanities; the study of language, literature, history, and philosophy, sometimes including religion and even fine arts (painting, music, etc.).
    1. The study of languages and literature.
    2. The study of literature, philosophy, and the arts.
  2. The liberal arts, which includes humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Derived terms

  • arts and crafts
  • arts college
  • fine arts
  • household arts
  • martial arts
  • performing arts


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