ar·​ti·​san·​al | \ ˈär-tə-zə-nᵊl How to pronounce artisanal (audio) , -sə-, -ˌza-; är-ˈti-sə-nᵊl\

Definition of artisanal

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of an artisan artisanal skills artisanal ingredients
2 : produced in limited quantities by an artisan through the use of traditional methods artisanal bread/cheese/wine also : creating a product in limited quantities by traditional methods an artisanal winery an artisanal cheese maker

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Other Words from artisanal

artisanally adverb

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There is an actual artisanal food hall scene in the area, with dedicated restaurant hubs in Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana — and now, Tustin. Jenn Harris,, "Bestia chefs to open Bavel Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown L.A. on Friday," 17 Apr. 2018 Each of the rugs—made from rich, artisanal wool—are available in five sizes and range from $89 to $1,349. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 Lula Restaurant Distillery The food at Lula, an innovative selection of hearty dishes with a focus on the artisanal, is wonderful. Andrew Parks, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 Old regulars now nurse pints of ale at the bar alongside more obsessive homesteaders, sipping the latest artisanal brew from nearby Hackney Brewery while nibbling on hand-pies filled with pig’s head and celeriac. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 Built on rubble from the 1925 earthquake, the industrial building now hosts wineries, breweries, restaurants, and an artisanal craft collective beneath its wood and steel beams. Sunset, "Santa Barbara Guidebook: What to See & Do Now," 22 Jan. 2018 An elegant way to text People feeling overwhelmed by their array of connected devices can invest up to $700 on another device meant to feel more artisanal. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "CES 2019: Some TVs disappear, others quadruple screen resolution," 7 Jan. 2019 While the furnishings are by turns elegant, eclectic, and artisanal, the organically chic ambiance is relaxed and unpretentious. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018 The new aperitivo bar, il Sal8, serves up artisanal cocktails using ingredients from the estate’s garden, as well as craft beers, and local wine favorites. Ondine Cohane, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Tuscan Wine Country," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of artisanal

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artisanal

French, from artisan + -al

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