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>
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
Medieval French, from northern Italian dialect form of Tuscan artigiano, from arte art, from Latin art-, ars
First Known Use: circa 1538
ARTISAN Defined for English Language Learners
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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