from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person skilled in making a product by hand.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One skilled in any art, mystery, or trade; a handicraftsman; a mechanic.
  • noun One skilled in a fine art; an artist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete One who professes and practices some liberal art; an artist.
  • noun One trained to manual dexterity in some mechanic art or trade; and handicraftsman; a mechanic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably French, from Italian artigiano, from Vulgar Latin *artitiānus, from Latin artītus, skilled in the arts, past participle of artīre, to instruct in the arts, from ars, art-, art; see ar- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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