Definition of fine art in English:

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fine art


1 [mass noun] (also fine arts) Creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content: the convergence of popular culture and fine art
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  • Indeed, every department of fine art and art history should have one in its library.
  • Ukiyo-e during its time was not considered as fine art but rather as commercial art.
  • We need to look at the premises of such a world that excludes works that are not fine art, high art, or in that most territorial of terms, mainstream art.
2An activity requiring great skill or accomplishment: the fine art of drinking tequila


have (or get) something down to a fine art

Achieve a high level of skill or accomplishment in a particular activity through experience: Mike had got the breakfast routine down to a fine art
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  • That was a real skill and Ray had it down to a fine art.
  • The Americans have showers down to a fine art - an invigorating deluge of hot water, the spacious cubicle and a watertight door.
  • Press Officer Liz Forrest said: ‘We have the organisation down to a fine art after 35 years.’

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