artisan

noun
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

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

This year’s festival, which kicks off today at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, features 27 new groups — musicians, dancers, artisans, food vendors and more. Polly Anna Rocha, ExpressNews.com, "2019 Texas Folklife Festival keeps tradition lively," 6 June 2019 Ozaukee County Pioneer Village: Handwerker Schau Celebration with historic building tours, demonstrations by textile artisans, music, ice cream social, noon-5 p.m. June 9, 4880 Highway I, Saukville. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: June 7-13," 6 June 2019 Guests can explore the resort’s extensive art collection with an exclusive art map which spotlights areas of interest including those works created in collaboration with local artisans to support the Maldivian community. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Joali Maldives," 12 May 2019 The Stonewood Village spring makers market will feature over 50 local artisans. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where to celebrate mom in Milwaukee's western suburbs," 7 May 2018 De Kroon works with artisans across Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and India, but her latest project brought her back to Afghanistan for a special collaboration with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative. Vogue, "Why Zazi Vintage’s Jeanne de Kroon Made Her Stunning (Sustainable!) Collection in Afghanistan," 9 May 2019 That means employing artisans with traditional skill sets, making animal-cruelty-free products, providing safe working conditions (e.g., buildings that are up to code), and avoiding sweatshop labor. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 The artist recruited artisans from Michoacán, Mexico – where the annual Monarch migration dramatically terminates – to form a kind of cross-border maquiladora (manufacturing facility). George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 The popular event is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. Staff Report, Philly.com, "Chinese Lantern Festival extended to July 8," 24 June 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 How to pronounce artisan (audio) \

Kids Definition of artisan

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

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