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

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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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Corona ended the affair with a few words on the Colombian artisans who are at the core of Hunting Season and graciously thanked her hosts and guests for the evening. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "At Couture Week, Hunting Season Hosted a Très Chic Crew for Dinner," 22 Jan. 2019 The explosive celebration, which attracts crowds from all over the region north of Mexico City, is a chance for the town’s fireworks artisans to show off their most ambitious and often dangerous creations. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Review: 'Brimstone & Glory' looks at a small town in Mexico where fireworks are made," 1 July 2018 Some of Baltimore’s best artisans contributed to the construction. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Mount Vernon Place church needs some saving grace," 29 June 2018 For instance, caddisfly larvae, which sometimes measure only a tenth of an inch long, may be the world’s tiniest artisans. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 While other fashion brands may play up their connections to hill-tribe artisans, Thảo’s is a genuine cooperative. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Compared to artisans trying to sell their work on the street, Seoutewa is doing well. National Geographic, "Biggest Fake Native American Art Conspiracy Revealed," 15 Mar. 2018 Part of the collection's appeal is due to the artisans Yifrach works with in Portugal, who help bring each piece to life. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "L'Objet Launches Haas Brothers Tableware Collection," 11 Mar. 2019 For baby gifts, check out FORAI (Friends of Refugees and Immigrants), a nonprofit that sells the cutest onesies, all of which help the artisans sustain sewing micro-businesses. Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 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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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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