artisans


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  1. a person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson.
  2. 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.

adjective

  1. pertaining to an artisan or the product of an artisan; artisanal: artisan beer.

noun

  1. a skilled workman; craftsman
  2. obsolete an artist
n.

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.

adj.

1859, from artisan (n.).

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