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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Art
The second person singular, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb Be; but formed after the analogy of the plural are, with the ending - t, as in thou shal t, wil t, orig. an ending of the second person sing. pret. Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical style.
noun Art
Senses
  1. The employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the application of knowledge or power to practical purposes."Blest with each grace of nature and of art." [Pope.]
  2. A system of rules serving to facilitate the performance of certain actions; a system of principles and rules for attaining a desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the art of building or engraving; the art of war; the art of navigation. "Science is systematized knowledge . . . Art is knowledge made efficient by skill." [J. F. Genung.]
  3. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill."The fishermen can't employ their art with so much success in so troubled a sea." [Addison.]
  4. The application of skill to the production of the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so employed, as in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he prefers art to literature.
  5. pl.Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts ."In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts." [Pope.]"Four years spent in the artsas they are called in colleges) is, perhaps, laying too laborious a foundation." [Goldsmith.]
  6. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters.(Archaic)"So vast is art, so narrow human wit." [Pope.]
  7. Skill, dexterity, or the power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study, or observation; knack; as, a man has the art of managing his business to advantage.
  8. Skillful plan; device."They employed every art to soothe . . . the discontented warriors." [Macaulay.]
  9. Cunning; artifice; craft."Madam, I swear I use no art at all." [Shak.]"Animals practice art when opposed to their superiors in strength." [Crabb.]
  10. The black art; magic.(Obs)"In America, literature and the elegant arts must grow up side by side with the coarser plants of daily necessity." [Irving.]
    synonyms: Science; literature; aptitude; readiness; skill; dexterity; adroitness; contrivance; profession; business; trade; calling; cunning; artifice; duplicity. See Science.

Note: ☞ The arts are divided into various classes. The useful arts The mechanical arts or The industrial arts are those in which the hands and body are more concerned than the mind; as in making clothes and utensils. These are called trades. The fine arts are those which have primarily to do with imagination and taste, and are applied to the production of what is beautiful. They include poetry, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture; but the term is often confined to painting, sculpture, and architecture. The liberal arts artes liberales, the higher arts, which, among the Romans, only freemen were permitted to pursue) were, in the Middle Ages, these seven branches of learning, -- grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. In modern times the liberal arts include the sciences, philosophy, history, etc., which compose the course of academical or collegiate education. Hence, degrees in the arts; master and bachelor of arts.

Etymology: F. art, L. ars artis, orig., skill in joining or fitting; prob. akin to E. arm aristocrat article

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The creation of beautiful or significant things ("art does not need to be innovative to be good", "I was never any good at art", and "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully")
  2. The products of human creativity; works of art collectively ("an art exhibition" and "a collection of fine art")
  3. A superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation ("the art of conversation" and "it's quite an art")
  4. Photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication ("the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book")
Wiktionary
  1. A shortening of the male given name Arthur.

Art was also found in the following language(s): German and Manx

Notable Persons Named Art

Art Garfunkel is a folk music, rock music, and pop music musician. He plays Piano and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1956 to present. Art was given the name Arthur Ira Garfunkel on November 5th, 1941 in Queens, New York, United States.

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Art Parkinson is an actor and student. He has been prominent since 2008. Art was born on October 19th, 2001 in Moville, County Donegal, Ireland.

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Art Carney was an actor and voice-impersonations. He was most prominent from 1939 to 1993. Art was given the name Arthur William Matthew Carney on November 4th, 1918 in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S. He died on November 9th, 2003.

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Art Bell is a presenter, author, and broadcaster. Art was given the name Arthur William Bell, III on June 17th, 1945 in Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

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Art was born on December 3rd, 1955 in Rule, Texas. Art is also known as Briles, Arthur Ray; Briles, and Arthur R..

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Art Spiegelman is a comics creator.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Art

Nicholas Reese Art is an actor. He was most active from 2002 to present. Nicholas was born on January 13th, 1999 in Milford, Connecticut, U.S.

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Bryan Art is a reggae, dancehall, roots reggae, lovers rock, reggae fusion, and world music recording artist, singer musician, guitarist, producer, and musician. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Bryan was given the name Bryan Joseph Grant on September 18th, 1977. Bryan is also known as Brah Yhan, Brahyhan Art, and Gitsy.

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Berthe was given the name Berthe Constance Ursule Art on December 26th, 1857 in Brussels. Berthe is also known as Berthe Constance Ursule Art. She left this life on February 27th, 1934.

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Rica was born in Tokyo.

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Arnaud was born on January 28th, 1993 in Liège.

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How popular is the baby name Art in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 12 0 12
1881 17 0 17
1882 14 0 14
1883 7 0 7
1884 10 0 10
1885 9 0 9
1886 8 0 8
1887 10 0 10
1888 6 0 6
1889 5 0 5
1890 5 0 5
1891 8 0 8
1892 7 0 7
1893 15 0 15
1894 10 0 10
1895 7 0 7
1896 12 0 12
1897 11 0 11
1898 20 0 20
1899 15 0 15
1900 18 0 18
1901 5 0 5
1902 9 0 9
1903 7 0 7
1904 8 0 8
1905 10 0 10
1906 7 0 7
1907 11 0 11
1908 16 0 16
1909 15 0 15
1910 12 0 12
1911 9 0 9
1912 25 0 25
1913 26 0 26
1914 28 0 28
1915 39 0 39
1916 39 0 39
1917 41 0 41
1918 51 5 46
1919 39 0 39
1920 27 0 27
1921 50 0 50
1922 53 0 53
1923 47 0 47
1924 50 0 50
1925 46 0 46
1926 50 0 50
1927 61 0 61
1928 59 0 59
1929 52 0 52
1930 60 0 60
1931 61 0 61
1932 59 0 59
1933 80 0 80
1934 74 0 74
1935 83 0 83
1936 72 0 72
1937 78 0 78
1938 86 0 86
1939 90 0 90
1940 86 0 86
1941 91 0 91
1942 118 0 118
1943 119 0 119
1944 98 0 98
1945 105 0 105
1946 127 0 127
1947 110 0 110
1948 111 0 111
1949 85 0 85
1950 61 0 61
1951 46 0 46
1952 40 0 40
1953 58 0 58
1954 51 0 51
1955 59 0 59
1956 81 0 81
1957 144 0 144
1958 173 0 173
1959 162 0 162
1960 183 0 183
1961 189 0 189
1962 146 0 146
1963 149 0 149
1964 125 0 125
1965 92 0 92
1966 85 0 85
1967 60 0 60
1968 52 0 52
1969 43 0 43
1970 48 0 48
1971 44 0 44
1972 34 0 34
1973 36 0 36
1974 27 0 27
1975 25 0 25
1976 24 0 24
1977 22 0 22
1978 24 0 24
1979 23 0 23
1980 28 0 28
1981 17 0 17
1982 30 0 30
1983 21 0 21
1984 23 0 23
1985 15 0 15
1986 19 0 19
1987 19 0 19
1988 31 0 31
1989 35 0 35
1990 33 0 33
1991 28 0 28
1992 17 0 17
1993 18 0 18
1994 10 0 10
1995 13 0 13
1996 23 0 23
1997 15 0 15
1998 16 0 16
1999 18 0 18
2000 17 0 17
2001 20 0 20
2002 13 0 13
2003 10 0 10
2004 12 0 12
2005 11 0 11
2006 11 0 11
2007 15 0 15
2008 14 0 14
2009 12 0 12
2010 17 0 17
2011 10 0 10
2012 17 0 17
2013 21 0 21
2014 12 0 12
2015 20 0 20
2016 17 0 17
2017 23 0 23

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Popularity of Art as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Art U.S.
  White 87.00% 64.26%
  African American 4.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Art

People with the last name Art are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Art

  • How Popular is the name Art? Art is the 3,401st most popular name of all time. As a last name Art was the 32,792nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Art have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,918 babies born with the first name Art in the United States. That's more than enough people named Art to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Art? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Art first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Art is Thursday, August 6th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Art born? The highest recorded use of the first name Art was in 1961 with a total of 189 babies.
  • Random Art Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Art is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Art: Your name in reverse order is Tra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Art? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 700 people with the last name Art.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Art? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Art as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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