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

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 Veg out at a Houston farmers market Collect a bounty of local produce and artisan-made food or products at Houston's many farmers markets. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 8 June 2022 Elementerre client Isabelle Hourchani, an artisan in her mid-50s, is building a house in a town on the coast. Jori Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 Led by a second-generation shoe artisan, guests will be initiated to the noble art of shoe making and will be able to create a pair of bespoke sandals, made to measure for their feet. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The quality is exceptional: they're handcrafted by an artisan and built using thick carbon steel sourced from Ohio’s local mills. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2022 The Maroquinerie collection, available in the brand's 16 and Triomphe styles, is made of crocodile accented with 18-karat gold and assembled to order by a single artisan. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Apr. 2022 He is now widely thought to be the last artisan of what are known as Carriacou sloops. Zuzana Prochazka, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2022 The jewelry was created and donated by local artisan Marylin (Midge) Makuch of TBG at Dragonfly Studio. Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 In addition, a very skilled artisan, William Duesbury, brought a combination of talent and diversity to make Derby top notch. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Artisan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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