[ahr-tee-zhuh n]


noting, pertaining to, or characteristic of an artesian well.

Origin of artesian

1820–30; < French artésien pertaining to Artois (Old French Arteis Artois + -ien -ian), after the wells of this kind in the region
Related formssub·ar·te·sian, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for artesian

Historical Examples of artesian

  • What power had drawn up the rosy fluid from the Artesian well of her heart?

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • It has been supposed also that the pressures are partly those of artesian flows.

  • It is in this way that what are called Artesian wells are formed.

    Farm drainage

    Henry Flagg French

  • Well, I think you will have to fall back on the opening of the artesian well.

    Messengers of Evil

    Pierre Souvestre

  • With some hesitation she at last alluded to the accident to the artesian well.

Word Origin and History for artesian

1830, from French puits artésien "wells of Artois," French province where such wells were first bored 18c. by French engineer Bernard Forest de Bélidor (1698-1761). The place name is from Old French Arteis, from Atrebates, a tribe that lived in northwestern Gallia. Cf. Arras.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper