[ahr-tuh-zuh n]


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 formsar·ti·san·ship, noun
Can be confusedartisan artist artiste (see synonym study at artist)

Synonym study

See artist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for artisan

Contemporary Examples of artisan

Historical Examples of artisan

  • It traded with all the world and offered a safe home to the merchant and to the artisan.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • But the majority of the immigrants were of the artisan class and illiterate.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

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

    A Study In Scarlet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • There is one boy to linger about the forge of an artisan, after the others have gone.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • It is the business of the wealthy man To give employment to the artisan.

    More Peers Verses

    Hilaire Belloc

British Dictionary definitions for artisan



a skilled workman; craftsman
obsolete an artist
Derived Formsartisanal (ɑːˈtɪzənəl, ˈɑːtɪzənəl), adjective

Word Origin for artisan

C16: from French, from Old Italian artigiano, from arte art 1
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper