a person who is skillful or clever in devising ways of making things; inventor.
a skillful or artistic worker; craftsperson.
Historical Examples

But the secret of these rose windows is unknown to the Tuscan artificer.
The Well of Saint Clare Anatole France

To what artificer, is not Picture, a great pleasure and Commoditie?
The Mathematicall Praeface to Elements of Geometrie of Euclid of Megara John Dee

Art marked by individual spontaneity, emanating from the ego of the artificer, refuses to be levelled down into a class.
The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton Mrs. Russell Barrington

The labours of the husbandman and the artificer she has forborne.
Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber James Aitken Wylie

The principal parts of the instruments fabricated by this artificer, are the barrel, the stock, and the lock.
Popular Technology; Volume 2 Edward Hazen

You thought the artificer had designed him for a priest of the church.
The Sleuth of St. James’s Square Melville Davisson Post

The artificer who undertakes the work of parting the metals, distributes the operation into two shifts of two days.
De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola

Accordingly the artificer will draw to itself as much blood as it needs.
On the Natural Faculties Galen

A little later an artificer came and secured the door, and once more Seton was a close prisoner.
The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge Percy F. Westerman

First the Matter thereof, and the artificer; both which is Man.
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes

a skilled craftsman
a clever or inventive designer
a serviceman trained in mechanics

late 14c., “one who makes by art or skill,” agent noun from artifice. Military sense dates from 1758.

a person engaged in any kind of manual occupation (Gen. 4:22; Isa. 3:3).


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