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fine art

[fahyn] /faɪn/
a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture.
Compare commercial art.
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fine arts
  • The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.
  • He was reproached with indulging his taste for the fine arts at an immoderate expense.
  • Let us turn to another familiar human interest, that of the fine arts.
  • They could not make a career in the fine arts, and they turned to industrial design as a way of making a living.
  • Both for the vehicle and for the aims of fine arts, you must frequent the public square.
  • fine arts photographers sell their photographs as fine artwork.
British Dictionary definitions for fine arts

fine art

art produced chiefly for its aesthetic value, as opposed to applied art
(often pl) Also called beaux arts. any of the fields in which such art is produced, such as painting, sculpture, and engraving
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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fine arts in Culture

fine arts definition

Art that is produced more for beauty or spiritual significance than for physical utility. Painting, sculpture, and music are fine arts.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with fine arts

fine art

Something requiring highly developed techniques and skills, as in He's turned lying into a fine art, or The contractor excels in the fine art of demolition. This term alludes to the fine arts, such as music, painting, and sculpture, which require both skill and talent. It is now often used to describe anything that takes skill to do. [ First half of 1800s ]
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