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[ahr-tuh-zuh n] /ˈɑr tə zən/
a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.
a person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods:
our favorite local food artisans.
pertaining to an artisan or the product of an artisan; artisanal:
artisan beer.
Origin of artisan
1530-40; < French < Italian artigiano, equivalent to Latin artīt(us) trained in arts and crafts (past participle of artīre; see art1, -ite2) + Italian -iano (< Latin -iānus) -ian
Related forms
artisanship, noun
Can be confused
artisan, artist, artiste (see synonym study at artist)
Synonym Study
See artist. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for artisans
  • Read interviews with some of our favorite artisans for tips on how to get started, where to find inspiration, and more.
  • When skillful artisans go down the rabbit hole with single-minded focus, the results can be mind-blowing.
  • The artisans themselves also continue to use the same methods they have always used.
  • In real life, many avatars argue, big business tends to push out small artisans.
  • Her three-bedroom co-op has several murals by different artisans.
  • So we'd have ourselves be a nation of craftspersons, artisans, artists.
  • The business of traders and artisans requires their constant presence and attention.
  • Older artisans were even more dubious about her shellfish and sardine motifs.
  • Because cooking is primarily a craft, dominated by artisans-or artists, if that's how you view what a chef does.
  • Local artisans soon learned the technique themselves, which gave rise to centuries of rich and productive inventiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for artisans


/ˈɑːtɪˌzæn; ˌɑːtɪˈzæn/
a skilled workman; craftsman
(obsolete) an artist
Derived Forms
artisanal (ɑːˈtɪzənəl; ˈɑːtɪzənəl) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Italian artigiano, from arteart1
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Word Origin and History for artisans



1530s, from Italian artesano, from Vulgar Latin artitianus, from Latin artitus, past participle of artire "to instruct in the arts," from ars (genitive artis) "art" (see art (n.)). Barnhart reports Middle French artisan, often listed as the direct source of the English word, is attested too late to be so.


1859, from artisan (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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