From Middle English art, from Old French art, from Latin artem, accusative of ars (“art”). Displaced native Middle English liste (“art”) (from Old English list).
- (uncountable) The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colours, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the senses and emotions, usually specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.
- (uncountable) The creative and emotional expression of mental imagery, such as visual, auditory, social, etc.
- (countable) Skillful creative activity, usually with an aesthetic focus.
- (uncountable) The study and the product of these processes.
- (uncountable) Aesthetic value.
- (uncountable) Artwork.
- (countable) A field or category of art, such as painting, sculpture, music, ballet, or literature.
- (countable) A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
- (countable) Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation.
- (uncountable, dated) Contrivance, scheming, manipulation.
From Middle English art, from Old English eart (“(thou) art”), second-person singular present indicative of wesan, from Proto-Germanic *ar-t (“(thou) art", originally, "(thou) becamest”), second-person singular preterite indicative form of *iraną (“to rise, be quick, become active”), from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or(w)- (“to lift, rise, set in motion”). Cognate with Faroese ert (“art”), Icelandic ert (“art”), Old English earon (“are”), from the same preterite-present Germanic verb. More at are.
- (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of be