from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A skilled worker; a craftsperson.
- n. One that contrives, devises, or constructs something: "The labyrinth . . . was built by Daedalus, a most skillful artificer” ( Thomas Bulfinch).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who is skilled in their trade; an artisan.
- n. An inventor.
- n. A member of the military who specializes in manufacturing and repairing weapon systems.
- n. A trickster.
- n. A savant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An artistic worker; a mechanic or manufacturer; one whose occupation requires skill or knowledge of a particular kind, as a silversmith.
- n. One who makes or contrives; a deviser, inventor, or framer.
- n. A cunning or artful fellow.
- n. A military mechanic, as a blacksmith, carpenter, etc.; also, one who prepares the shells, fuses, grenades, etc., in a military laboratory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A maker; a constructor; a skilful or artistic worker; a handicraftsman; a mechanic.
- n. One who contrives or devises; an inventor; especially, an inventor of crafty or fraudulent artifices: as, “artificer of fraud,” Milton, P. L., iv. 121; “artificer of lies,” Dryden; “let you alone, cunning artificer,”
- n. Milit., a soldier-mechanic attached to the artillery and engineer service, whose duty it is to construct and repair military materials.
- n. One who uses artifice; an artful or wily person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.
- n. someone who is the first to think of or make something
- n. a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
From French artificier, from Latin artificiarius. (Wiktionary)