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 \ ˈär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship How to pronounce artisan (audio) , -​sən-​ \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web And then the actor playing Ron Swanson became the American artisan of Lagavulin. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2021 Food is artistically plated on handcrafted Tlaquepaque ceramics and served with Mexican artisan cutlery. Roger Sands, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Come May 12, Ssense will unveil a video featuring young creative collaborators: teen drag queen Desmond is Amazing, 9-year-old Producer & DJ Evan Kozin, 11-year-old skater Fay DeFazio Ebert, and 12-year-old artisan Jonah Hands. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 5 May 2021 His grandson, Michael Higgins, told Jekyll Island that his grandfather instead became a skilled artisan. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2021 The Martina dress in red was entirely handmade in 15 days by a female artisan in Oaxaca, Mexico. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, 30 Apr. 2021 This four-foot round rug is unique, as it is handcrafted by an artisan. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2021 For decades, the prince’s suits were made for him by John N. Kent, a Savile Row artisan who began his tailoring apprenticeship at 15. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Each of the dials is created by a single artisan using femtosecond, a new in-house laser technology using bursts of ultrashort laser pulses to imprint the design. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of artisan

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artisan

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from an Upper Italian equivalent of Italian (Tuscan) artigiano, from arte "craft, art entry 1" (going back to Latin art-, ars) + -igiano, adjective suffix of appurtenance, from Vulgar Latin *-ēs- (going back to Latin -ensis, adjective suffix of place) + Latin -iānus -ian

Note: See note at parmesan.

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The first known use of artisan was circa 1538

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“Artisan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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