artisan

noun
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 noun artisan breads

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Other Words from artisan

artisanship \ -​ˌship How to pronounce artisanship (audio) \ 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

De Kroon works with artisans across Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and India, but her latest project brought her back to Afghanistan for a special collaboration with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative. Vogue, "Why Zazi Vintage’s Jeanne de Kroon Made Her Stunning (Sustainable!) Collection in Afghanistan," 9 May 2019 That means employing artisans with traditional skill sets, making animal-cruelty-free products, providing safe working conditions (e.g., buildings that are up to code), and avoiding sweatshop labor. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 The artist recruited artisans from Michoacán, Mexico – where the annual Monarch migration dramatically terminates – to form a kind of cross-border maquiladora (manufacturing facility). George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 The popular event is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. Staff Report, Philly.com, "Chinese Lantern Festival extended to July 8," 24 June 2018 Seeing Amanu artisans in action easily could make a good Instagram moment as well as the earthy West Hollywood pop-up itself. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "The customer gets to play designer at Amanu, a new custom sandal line by stylist Anita Patrickson," 18 May 2018 Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture Zuni artisans from throughout the Southwest will share expertise in carving, weaving, painting and more. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Memorial Day weekend 2018 events in Phoenix, around Arizona," 15 May 2018 Annually, the fest attracts more than 250,000 visitors and more than 300 artisans from all over the United States to exhibit their wares. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Upcoming summer events for the south suburbs," 13 May 2018 By the way, same thing the U.S. did in the 18th and 19th centuries, stealing IP for textile manufacturing out of Europe, even kidnapping artisans. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018

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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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artisan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of artisan

: a person who is skilled at making things by hand

artisan

noun
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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