Artisan



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.
Contemporary Examples

After reading an article about shopping local in 2006, I became a devotee of the online, artisan marketplace.
Etsy Changed Its Policy. So What? Sara Stroman November 7, 2013

Angel used to work as an artisan in this Mexican village, but he could not support his family making crafts.
As Drug War Continues, Mexico Celebrates Its Deceased Teresa Puente November 1, 2012

But if you’re a market fiend, don’t miss the still relatively new Union Market with its fun food stands and artisan shops.
A Local’s Guide to D.C. During the Holidays William O’Connor December 17, 2013

The relationship between artist and artisan is therefore very symbiotic, says Hetflaisz.
Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos Tim Teeman December 1, 2014

Szymon Oltarzewski is a Polish-born artisan who is also a sculptor in his own right.
Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos Tim Teeman December 1, 2014

Historical Examples

Hardly any of those who came to him, adults or children, while almost all of the artisan class, were of the poorest class.
Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward

It traded with all the world and offered a safe home to the merchant and to the artisan.
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon

It is worn by men of the Tiyan and artisan castes on special occasions.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

The tradesman was put to his trade and the artisan to his calling.
A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle

If an artisan has taken a son to bring up, and has caused him to learn his handicraft, no one has any claim.
The Oldest Code of Laws in the World Hammurabi, King of Babylon

noun
a skilled workman; craftsman
(obsolete) an artist
n.

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.
adj.

1859, from artisan (n.).

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