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

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

Other Words from artisanal

artisanally adverb

Examples of artisanal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Civil society leader Dieudonné Lossa gave a provisional death toll of 15 and blamed a militant group known as CODECO, accused of staging a weekend attack on an artisanal mining site that killed at least 35. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Here, artisanal clothing vendors, choreographed performers and fashionistas decked out in their most psychedelic flair became the stars. Graham Berry, Billboard, 6 May 2022 Though the carpet is 100% practical polyester, the color fluctuations and irregularities reflect its artisanal manufacture. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Just past Sea Ranch in the town of Gualala at the Mendocino County border, the Surf Market offers local artisanal foods and sets up a barbecue in the parking lot on the weekends. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Many artisanal producers are just as guilty as the big mezcal companies of over-harvesting agave. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 3 May 2022 The buffet menu includes salads and fresh fruit, a seafood station, traditional brunch entrées, artisanal bread displays, a pasta bar, a carving station serving ham and prime rib, and a desert table. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Most importantly for our model, WFTO’s audit criteria can accommodate the specific nuances of artisanal goods, which includes home work and piece wages vs. factory or agriculture expertise. Esha Chhabra, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Oil theft and artisanal refining of crude oil is a common practice in the Nigeria's delta region. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of artisanal

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artisanal

artisan + -al entry 1

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15 May 2022

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“Artisanal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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