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
artisanshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
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 of artisan from the Web
While Fall Festival, with its artisan craft vendors, carnival and food booths, runs Sept. 2 to 4, the entertainment tent opens Aug. 31, with the Frankfort Lions Club's annual Wurst Fest from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the downtown area.
Earlier this year, the resort launched a major retail operation and began selling its beauty and artisan food products to the mass market on a massive scale — on HSN, formerly the Home Shopping Network.
Jewelry designed from highly polished shells, carved by local artisans, make a beautiful gift.
Events, programming, art, artisan production, and other amenities will be what draws people to place.
READ MORE: Madruga Bakery brings artisan bread to South Miami Matthieu Bettant, 35, head baker, cuts and shapes all the bread at Sullivan Street Bakery by hand.
The annual event features samples of local food and wine, restaurant competitions, demonstrations, classes, artisans and live entertainment.
Local artisans sell handmade arts and crafts at the Boutique Garden Faire on the grounds of the Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 East Richton Road, Crete.
Arts District Co-Op Flea Market + Live Music Formerly Arts District Flea, the 15,000-square-foot space hosts more than two dozen stores offering everything from jewelry and apparel to home goods and oversize paintings by L.A. artisans.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of artisan
Middle French, from northern Italian dialect form of Tuscan artigiano, from arte art, from Latin art-, ars
First Known Use: circa 1538See Words from the same year
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Definition of artisan for English Language Learners
: a person who is skilled at making things by hand
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Definition of artisan for Students
: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands
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