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artisan

Line breaks: ar¦ti|san
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːtɪzan
 
, ɑːtɪˈzan
 
/

Definition of artisan in English:

noun

1A worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand: street markets where local artisans display handwoven textiles, painted ceramics, and leather goods
More example sentences
  • Bali is blessed with skilled and creative artisans as well as potential markets.
  • The Jamaican Arawaks were skilled artisans who left their paintings on the walls of many island caves.
  • The wages in real terms for agricultural workers and artisans have fallen.
Synonyms
craftsman, craftswoman, craftsperson, skilled worker, mechanic, technician, operative, maker, smith, wright, journeyman
archaic artificer
1.1 [as modifier] (Of food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanized way using high-quality ingredients: Britain’s artisan cheeses the growing appreciation of artisan foods
More example sentences
  • Saturday morning greenmarkets nearby offer a venue for farmers to sell heirloom tomatoes, artisan goat cheeses, and baby vegetables.
  • The focus is on producing high quality artisan cheeses in an eco-friendly way.
  • At the Craft Marketplace, you can pick up handmade honey, artisan chocolates, gluten-free breads, fruity jams, and organic cheese.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, from Italian artigiano, based on Latin artitus, past participle of artire 'instruct in the arts', from ars, art- 'art'.

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