Definition of liberal arts in English:

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liberal arts

Pronunciation:

plural noun

1chiefly North American Arts subjects such as literature and history, as distinct from science and technology.
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.
2 historical The medieval trivium and quadrivium.
Example sentences
  • These objects represent the seven liberal arts that provided the basis of a Renaissance education.

Origin

Liberal, as distinct from servile or mechanical (i.e. involving manual labour) 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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