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

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French artificer, perhaps < Medieval Latin artificiārius; see artifice, -er2
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Historical Examples

  • My purpose was to speak somewhat, as needs must be, of the artificer, the author of this book.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • To what Artificer, is not Picture, a great pleasure and Commoditie?

  • The drops of dew which the artificer had sprinkled on the flowers were diamonds.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • The labours of the husbandman and the artificer she has forborne.

  • You thought the Artificer had designed him for a priest of the church.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

British Dictionary definitions for artificer


  1. a skilled craftsman
  2. a clever or inventive designer
  3. 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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