artisan

noun
ar·​ti·​san | \ ˈär-tə-zən , -sən, chiefly British ˌä-tə-ˈzan\

Definition of artisan

1 : a worker who practices a trade or handicraft : craftsperson a skilled artisan
2 : a person or company that produces something (such as cheese or wine) in limited quantities often using traditional methods often used before another noun artisan breads

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Other Words from artisan

artisanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

Did You Know?

Artisans aren't the same as artists, but it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference. In the Middle Ages, artisans organized themselves into guilds. In every city each group of artisans—weavers, carpenters, shoemakers, and so on—had its own guild, which set wages and prices, kept standards high, and protected its members from outside competitors. In America, however, most artisans have always been fiercely independent. Today, when factories produce almost all of our goods, artisans usually make only fine objects for those who can afford them. And we now even include food among the artisan's crafts, so you can buy artisanal cheeses, breads, and chocolates—but probably not if you're watching your budget.

Examples of artisan in a Sentence

They sell rugs made by local artisans. we visited a re-created 19th-century New England village that features an array of artisans—a cooper, a carpenter, a blacksmith, a potter, a glassblower

Recent Examples on the Web

Whoever came up with it is an artisan of chemicals and fragrance. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Too Faced's Gingerbread Lipstick Is the Only Thing I Want to Wear All Winter," 6 Nov. 2018 Each basket is handcrafted over two days by an Indonesian artisan—call it an heirloom in the making. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Stunning Rattan Pieces for Your Home," 22 Jan. 2018 In 2014, an Italian artisan spoke to the investigative television journalist Sabrina Giannini. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany," 20 Feb. 2017 Tiffany’s Blue Book Collection showcases our most exquisite high jewelry designs that are handcrafted by Tiffany artisans. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Were the Actual Definition of #CoupleGoals at the 2019 SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 Bressand spent three months with artisans in Ghana learning how to create sculptural baskets using a naturally golden straw from the savannah called elephant grass. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Inès Bressand Is Crafting the Basket Bags You’ll Be Coveting This Spring," 23 Jan. 2019 While making a speech on stage about Keller, the Duchess wore Pippa Small earrings and an arm full of bangles made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Top 5 Favorite Jewelry Brands of All Time," 2 Jan. 2019 The Duchess was wearing sleek gold bangles and stud earrings from the label Pippa Small, which were ethically made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan, an organization supported by Prince Charles. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Paid a Subtle Tribute to Prince Charles's Work at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 The work is carried out by 30 artisans from four ethnic groups, scattered across north Vietnam (Thảo spends a third of her year in the villages). Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of artisan

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artisan

Middle French, from northern Italian dialect form of Tuscan artigiano, from arte art, from Latin art-, ars

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artisan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of artisan

: a person who is skilled at making things by hand

artisan

noun
ar·​ti·​san | \ ˈär-tə-zən \

Kids Definition of artisan

: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands

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