[ ahr-tif-uh-ser ]
/ ɑrˈtɪf ə sər /


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

Origin of artificer

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French artificer, perhaps < Medieval Latin artificiārius; see artifice, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for artificer


/ (ɑːˈtɪfɪsə) /


a skilled craftsman
a clever or inventive designer
a serviceman trained in mechanics
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Word Origin and History for artificer



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

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