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 nounartisan breads

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Other Words from artisan

artisanship \ ˈär-​tə-​zən-​ˌship How to pronounce artisanship (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 Despite the growth and impressive selection of Asian ingredients, sustainably raised meats and local artisan products, fresh produce always remained the focus. Janelle Bitker,, "Glenn Yasuda, founder of renowned grocery store Berkeley Bowl, has died," 20 Feb. 2020 These were sold alongside other artisan products, from chocolates to beans, as well as local eggs, apples and more. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Chef Robert Lyford and family have sold Patina Green in McKinney to new owners," 17 Feb. 2020 The company is committed to celebrating the people behind those products, making sure their artisans are paid fairly and have happy working environments. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "The Citizenry Gives Back for Black Friday," 22 Nov. 2019 Before Ford, cars were an artisan product, individually built by hand by teams of skilled craftsmen. Laurie Wright, Quartz, "Job automation could help us fight climate change—but only if we do it right," 8 Oct. 2019 Shoppers can purchase locally sourced food, produce, artisan products, get their blood pressure checked, enjoy music and grab dinner from a food truck. Carol Kovach,, "Ukrainian, Egyptian festivals will feature food, music, fun this weekend: Sun Postings," 19 Aug. 2019 So imagine my delight when, last year, the Italian caviar company Calvisius hired Russian women to teach its artisans to craft payusnaya from the eggs of nonbanned sturgeon. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "Why Pressed Caviar Should Be Your Next Food Obsession," 8 Aug. 2019 Forty vendors will be on hand with a wide variety of local farm products, produce, baked goods, specialty foods and artisan products., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 June 2019 Charming Brien says ckitout: Forty minutes north of Cincinnati, in Lebanon, there is a 56-acre farm that opens its gates to independent vendors and artisans three times a year. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds rebuild not over but David Bell has players' attention," 19 June 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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The first known use of artisan was circa 1538

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10 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Artisan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce artisan (audio)

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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