Definition: Liberal arts

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Etymology

From Old French liberal, from Latin līberālis (befitting a freeman), from līber (free). See arts.

Noun

liberal arts (plural only)

  1. The academic course of instruction intended to provide general knowledge and usually comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects.
  2. The trivium and the quadrivium in Medieval education.

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