• WordNet 3.6
    • n artisan a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Artisan 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."
    • Artisan One who professes and practices some liberal art; an artist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n artisan One skilled in any art, mystery, or trade; a handicraftsman; a mechanic.
    • n artisan One skilled in a fine art; an artist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Artisan ärt′i-zan one skilled in any art or trade: a mechanic.
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  • Cathy Better
    Cathy Better
    “Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. artisan, fr. L. artitus, skilled in arts, fr. ars, artis, art: cf. It. artigiano,. See Art (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—It. artigiano, ult. from L. artitus, skilled in the arts—ars, artis, art.


In literature:

But since 1877 large families have become increasingly rare in the upper and middle classes, and among the skilled artisans.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
Above them came the artisans, free whites with a few blacks, and above them the master class.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
If there are more workers in factories there will be fewer artisans.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
Not infrequently the artisans engaged in fitting out a ship were paid by being given "lays," like the sailor.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
The mistake soon became manifest, although the artisans did their best.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
A fraction of its activity is beneficial, as much to the artisan as to members of the crust.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
The Newars are still more skilful artisans than the Ghorkas, but their talent does not lie in the same direction.
"A Journey to Katmandu (the Capital of Napaul), with The Camp of Jung Bahadoor; including A Sketch of the Nepaulese Ambassador at Home" by Laurence Oliphant
But hatchets were used primarily by the carpenter, cooper, and other artisans.
"New Discoveries at Jamestown" by John L. Cotter
If an artisan has undertaken to rear a child and teaches him his craft, he cannot be demanded back.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
In my class were university graduates, artisans, engineers and musicians.
"World's War Events, Volume III" by Various
In politics, it induced him to extend the suffrage, first to the artisan and then to the labourer.
"Prime Ministers and Some Others" by George W. E. Russell
Groups of the Aramaeans had acquired a high degree of culture and become traders and artisans.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
The free artisan shall sell what he can make and buy what he pleases.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
The artisans depended wholly upon their lord, being often serfs, or else churls holding on service-tenure.
"Early Britain" by Grant Allen
All the boulevards were crowded with artisans in blue blouses, hurrying to their homes, as the Harrises drove along the quays to Notre Dame.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
They were artisans, but of the most intelligent class.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
Artisans and laborers of skill and industry had to be induced to risk the hazards of the new world.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
What pleasures but the grossest does the State provide for the artisan's leisure?
"Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses" by Horace Smith
A mechanic, or artisan, will devote two thirds of his daily gains to the participation of this pleasure.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The artisans of the Low Countries had for twenty years defied the whole power of Spain.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude

In poetry:

I've lived all my life i' Keighley,
I'm a Yorkshire artisan;
An' when I were just turned seventy
I became an Englishman.
"The New Englishman" by F W Moorman
An artisan of verse am I,
Of simple sense and humble tone;
My Thesaurus is handy by,
A rhyming lexicon I own;
Without them I am ill at ease -
What bards would use such aids as these?
"My Masters" by Robert W Service
Yet, not perverted, would my words imply
The impulse given by Heaven's great Artisan
Alike to man and worm, mere spring, whereby
The distant wheels of life, while time endures, roll on:
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
On Autumn's gray and mournful grave the snow
Hung its white wreaths; with stifled voice and low
The river crept, by one vast bridge o'er-crossed,
Built by the boar-locked artisan of Frost.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ah, brothers! dear brothers! the harp that I hold
No craftsman could string and no artisan mould;
He shaped it, He strung it, who fashioned the lyres
That ring with the hymns of the seraphim choirs.
"My Annual" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Beyond the accident of birth
He proved his simple manhood's worth;
Ancestral pride and classic grace
Confessed the large-brained artisan,
So clear of sight, so wise in plan
And counsel, equal to his place.
"Wilson" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

"I knew there wasn't an artisanal high-end chocolate in this country," Kohlberg told me.
Floform Acquires Multi- Tek , Adds Artisan Group Products.
Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Craft and Artisan Group will sell goods Thursday through Sunday, Dec 1-4 in the Congregation House of Davidson College Presbyterian Church.
Stringed instrument artisans win honors this week in Portland.
On Thursday, September 23, winemakers Bob Lindquist and wife Louisa Sawyer Lindquist will host a dinner at Los Alamos' Full of Life Flatbread, the artisan flatbread pizza parlor and part-time (weekends only) restaurant.
Artisans Road Trip Out and About.
Learn more about the artists and the regions where they exhibit on the 2011 Artisans Road Trip website.
Artists of the 2011 Artisans Road Trip are busy making the last minute preparations for the big weekend coming up soon.
Twig 's Historic Alexandria Homes Tour to Include Artisan Show.
On sale at the Artisan Show will be Always in Good Taste, The Twig 's new cookbook and the 2010 White House Christmas Ornament.
If holiday gift-givers are aiming to buy one new cookbook title for the bakers in their lives, they should look no further than the remarkable "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day" (St.
Wood-fired artisan pizza is served in surroundings with contemporary style at this Classen Curve spot.
In its original form, Oyo Vodka is impressive — an artisan spirit distilled from Ohio winter wheat that can be sipped neat or mixed into classic cocktails.
Two schools of macaroni-and-cheese philosophy exist: the highbrow, artisanal, gouda-gruyere-gorgonzola kind and the one devoted to the blue box.
While artisanal cheese shops serve the hipsters and high-end shops thrive, one in four Brooklynites receives food stamps.

In science:

It is the realm for the cosmological artisans studying the tantalizing and beautiful patterns and ob jects which render our Universe such an awe-inspiring realm of beauty and wealth.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
What is done at present, and has historically been done in this regard by universities and research institutes only corresponds to the ad-hoc, haphazard, artisan sort of approach of the issues involved.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus
In the pre-industrial era, we drafted such event displays by hand on graph paper, which gave a certain artisanal satisfaction and promoted close scrutiny of the structure of each example as it emerged.
Learning to See at the Large Hadron Collider