Definition of liberal arts noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


liberal arts

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[plural] (especially North American English) Exams and degrees, Study routes
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subjects of study that develop students’ general knowledge and ability to think, rather than their technical skills a liberal arts college See related entries: Exams and degrees, Study routes Word Originliberal, 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: liberal arts