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Webster 1913 Edition


Artisan

Ar′ti-san

(?; 277)
,
Noun.
[F.
artisan
, fr. L.
artitus
skilled in arts, fr.
ars
,
artis
, art: cf. It.
artigiano
. See
Art
,
Noun.
]
1.
One who professes and practices some liberal art; an artist.
[Obs.]
2.
One trained to manual dexterity in some mechanic art or trade; and handicraftsman; a mechanic.
This is willingly submitted to by the
artisan
, who can . . . compensate his additional toil and fatigue.
Hume.
Syn. – Artificer; artist.
Artisan
,
Artist
,
Artificer
. An artist is one who is skilled in some one of the fine arts; an artisan is one who exercises any mechanical employment. A portrait painter is an artist; a sign painter is an artisan, although he may have the taste and skill of an artist. The occupation of the former requires a fine taste and delicate manipulation; that of the latter demands only an ordinary degree of contrivance and imitative power. An artificer is one who requires power of contrivance and adaptation in the exercise of his profession. The word suggest neither the idea of mechanical conformity to rule which attaches to the term artisan, nor the ideas of refinement and of peculiar skill which belong to the term artist.

Webster 1828 Edition


Artisan

'ARTISAN

,
Noun.
s as z. [L. ars. See Art.]
An artist; one skilled in any art, mystery or trade; a handicrafts-man; a mechanic; a tradesman.

Definition 2022


artisan

artisan

English

Alternative forms

Noun

artisan (plural artisans)

  1. A skilled manual worker who uses tools and machinery in a particular craft.
  2. A person who displays great dexterity.

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Adjective

artisan (not comparable)

  1. artisanal
    • 2015, Andrea Chesman, The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How
      Bread is either cheap (soft, squishy supermarket loaves) or expensive (artisan bakery loaves).

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French

Etymology

From Medieval Latin *artitianus, from Latin artitus (skilled), past participle of artiō (I instruct in arts), from ars (art, skill).

Pronunciation

Noun

artisan m (plural artisans, feminine artisane)

  1. artisan (manual worker)
  2. (figuratively) creator; innovator; inventor