from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Academic disciplines, such as languages, literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, and science, that provide information of general cultural concern: "The term 'liberal arts' connotes a certain elevation above utilitarian concerns. Yet liberal education is intensely useful” ( George F. Will).
- n.pl. The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.
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- n. those areas of learning that require and cultivate general intellectual ability rather than technical skills; the humanities
- n. the trivium and the quadrivium
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- n. studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin artēs liberālēs, the trivium and quadrivium : Latin artēs, pl. of Latin ars, art-, subject of study + līberālēs, pl. of līberālis, proper to free persons.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)