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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artisanally adverb

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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 The space is gorgeous, the cocktails artisanal, the per-hour bowling prices astronomical. Ben Mesirow, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Ultimate Pizza Crawl Through Northeast L.A.," 23 May 2018 The new nanobrewery is scaling back operations and offering artisanal small-batch beers in constant rotation. Janelle Werthmann,, "Business notes for Thursday, April 5, 2018," 3 Apr. 2018 Favorite meal and where?The Surfer Bowl at Product C in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, with an artisanal Ginger Beer from next door at ChopIt. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "The Entrepreneur Who’s Constantly Reinventing the Beauty Game," 28 Mar. 2018 Stroll around the village and visit the San Pedro Church and Le Paige Archaeological Museum, and sip an artisanal beer at one of the many lively bars. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 With the recent resurgence in artisanal, organic, and natural products, medicinal plants are getting their moment in the spotlight, too. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016

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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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