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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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  • 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
  • The tradesman was put to his trade and the artisan to his calling.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It is worn by men of the Tiyan and artisan castes on special occasions.

  • But in these, our times, the artisan hath his voice as well as the Monarch.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for artisan


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for artisan

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.).


1859, from artisan (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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