ar·​ti·​san·​al | \ˈär-tə-zə-nᵊl, -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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India’s textile industry grew out of sophisticated husbandry and deeply artisanal handling of its bountiful flora and fauna. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘The Fabric of India’ Review: A Nation’s Interwoven History," 27 Oct. 2018 Cheese making at Murray’s Cheese Cheese lovers, rejoice: Murray’s Cheese provides courses that will prep you to make your own artisanal cheeses at home. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Cooking and Baking Classes in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 Products from CWK’s artisanal food makers are also available., "CommonWealth Kitchen opens retail spot with a takeout window in Kendall Square," 26 June 2018 Park uses square organic rye loaves from Boston’s beloved Iggy’s artisanal bakery and had custom metal dies fabricated to shape square patties that fit the bread perfectly. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "America’s unique burger styles, and where to try them," 4 July 2018 Amid the neighborhood’s proliferation of artisanal cocktails and green juice variants, a stack of weird, relatively cheap pancakes and the simple joy of a coffee carafe of one’s own seem like quaint, endangered pleasures. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "In praise of IHOP’s cupcake pancake, the pinnacle of junk food," 22 June 2018 Although pizza is the first part of the school’s namesake, a variety of other culinary classes are offered at the academy for beginners to experts and covering everything from basic knife skills to artisanal baking and cuisine-specific explorations. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Chefs on a mission to make Lisle 'the mecca of the pizza world' with new academy," 23 June 2018 With its world-renowned culinary scene, compelling architecture and art projects, and designers who meld the experimental with the artisanal, Mexico City’s dynamism is increasingly evident. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Latina Cool Girl’s Guide to Mexico City," 4 June 2018 On a sunny Thursday afternoon in New York City, Tyler Glenn strolls up to a quaint, artisanal coffee shop on West 44th Street to jump-start his evening. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Kinky Boots' Star Tyler Glenn on His Broadway Debut: 'There is No Hiding On the Stage'," 19 June 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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