art1 / ärt/ • n. 1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power: the art of the Renaissance. ∎ works produced by such skill and imagination: his collection of modern art. ∎ creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture: she's good at art. 2. (the arts) the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance: the visual arts | [in sing.] the art of photography. 3. (arts) subjects of study primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects): the belief that the arts and sciences were incompatible. 4. a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice: the art of conversation. art2 • archaic or dialect 2nd person singular present of be.