Definition of liberal arts in English:

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liberal arts

Pronunciation: /ˈlib(ə)rəl ärts/

plural noun

1chiefly North American Academic subjects such as literature, philosophy, mathematics, and social and physical sciences as distinct from professional and technical subjects.
Example sentences
  • Through the establishment of courses in humanities, management and economics, we expect to permeate liberal arts into the sciences.
  • Students also will study mathematics, science, liberal arts and the humanities as part of the curriculum.
  • If he had been a man of the left, he would be teaching that subject at some small liberal arts college for $70,000 a year.
1.1 historical The medieval trivium and quadrivium.
Example sentences
  • These objects represent the seven liberal arts that provided the basis of a Renaissance education.


Liberal, as distinct from servile or mechanical (i.e., involving manual labor) and originally referring to arts and sciences considered “worthy of a free man”; later the word related to general intellectual development rather than vocational training.

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Syllabification: lib·er·al arts

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