ar·​ti·​san | \ ˈär-tə-zən How to pronounce artisan (audio) , -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 How to pronounce artisanship (audio) \ noun

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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

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The renowned event, now in its 36th year, features global cuisine; kids’ activities including a climbing wall, laser tag, and obstacle courses; and an Arts and Crafts Marketplace with more than 175 local artisans. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 30 July 2019 In addition to the normal classes and other events, the Farm + Market will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 1), with local food artisans, garden needs, home décor, demonstrations, vendors and more. Carol Kovach,, "Music, food, farmers market and more highlight the week at BAYarts: West Shore Chatter," 30 July 2019 According to San Fratello and Rael worked with artisans in Juárez to build the see-saws. Time, "'Joy, Excitement, and Togetherness at the Border.' With Three Hot Pink See-Saws, These Architects Turned the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Into a Playscape," 30 July 2019 Our cinematographer, Brad Holland, was there to film the floating block table—but wound up seeing a few of the artisans working on the brand's Blackline serving boards and was transfixed. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "There's a Cool Trick to How These Serving Boards Get Their Color," 19 July 2019 From Mexico is a group of artisans, dancers, musicians and other dignitaries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: How San Diego celebrated its 200th Birthday," 16 July 2019 The small group of artisans and vendors from across the country set up shop under the Silo's historic barn. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: A few disruptors, Rent the Runway, Stitch Fix and Peloton, came to Texas to grow," 12 July 2019 Many of the artisans have 30 plus years of experience and with an eye to the future, the Maison partners with local schools to offer apprenticeships ensuring the highest quality craftsmanship for future generations. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Inside The Vogue100's Whirlwind Couture Week Tour," 9 July 2019 The city — and The Point — supported a vibrant class of artisans, one of whom was Christopher Townsend, a member of a prominent family of furniture makers. Cornelia Dean, New York Times, "‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas," 8 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of artisan

: a person who is skilled at making things by hand


ar·​ti·​san | \ ˈär-tə-zən How to pronounce artisan (audio) \

Kids Definition of artisan

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

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