artificer

noun
ar·​ti·​fi·​cer | \ är-ˈti-fə-sər How to pronounce artificer (audio) , ˈär-tə-fə-sər How to pronounce artificer (audio) \

Definition of artificer

1 : a skilled or artistic worker or craftsman
2 : one that makes or contrives : deviser had been the artificer of his own fortunesThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of artificer in a Sentence

the oil tycoon insisted that the best stone masons, cabinetmakers, and artificers in every other craft be employed to create a mansion of unequalled splendor
Recent Examples on the Web The book contains funny and terrible things, details and episodes so pungent that they must surely have been stolen from a fantastical artificer like Flann O’Brien. James Wood, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 The book includes new spells, character subclasses, story options for groups of players, options for creating sidekicks, tools for Dungeon Masters and includes the artificer class of magical inventors. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2020 The only beings to escape the conflagration are four Saranga birds, Takshaka’s son Aswasena, whose mother sacrifices herself to save him, and the artificer Maya, who finds asylum at Arjuna’s feet. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, 30 Aug. 2019 Yet in his strongest work, Mr. Viola manages to avoid or transcend this danger by showing himself an artificer of searingly original visions that combine formal rigor and spiritual mystery. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, 12 July 2017 Artificers The few records that reflect Jonathan Wilkinson's life show he was born around 1748 in New Milford in the colony of Connecticut. Meaghanm. Mcdermott, USA TODAY, 3 July 2017 ArtificersThe few records that reflect Jonathan Wilkinson's life show he was born around 1748 in New Milford in the colony of Connecticut. Meaghanm. Mcdermott, USA TODAY, 3 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of artificer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artificer

Middle English, "craftsman. tradesman," borrowed from Anglo-French, from artifice "trade, craft, craftsmanship" + -er -er entry 2 — more at artifice

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10 Apr 2022

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“Artificer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/artificer. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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