art noun

1 paintings, drawings, etc.

ADJ. great, high | abstract, avant-garde, commercial, conceptual, figurative, fine, graphic, performance, pop/popular, sacred, visual | contemporary, modern

VERB + ART create, produce one of the greatest works of art ever produced

ART + NOUN gallery | collector, critic, dealer, historian, lover | treasure, work (also artwork) | college, school | form Cinema became accepted as an art form. | history | market | world Many people from the art world attended the painter's funeral.

2 the arts: art, music, theatre, literature, etc.

ADJ. creative, decorative, dramatic, performing, plastic, visual

PHRASES arts and crafts an exhibition of Peruvian arts and crafts | funding for the arts, a patron of the arts, sponsorship of the arts 3 arts not sciences

ART + NOUN subject | degree

PHRASES arts and sciences

4 ability/skill

VERB + ART master, perfect I've never mastered the art of making bread.

PREP. ~ of Television has ruined the art of conversation.

PHRASES get sth down to a fine art (= learn to do it very well) She's got the business of buying Christmas presents down to a fine art. > Note at ART