from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A skilled manual worker; a craftsperson.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A skilled manual worker who uses tools and machinery in a particular craft.
- n. A person who displays great dexterity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who professes and practices some liberal art; an artist.
- n. One trained to manual dexterity in some mechanic art or trade; and handicraftsman; a mechanic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One skilled in any art, mystery, or trade; a handicraftsman; a mechanic.
- n. One skilled in a fine art; an artist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French artisan, from Medieval Latin *artitianus, from Latin artitus ("skilled"), past participle of artiō ("I instruct in arts"), from ars ("art, skill"). (Wiktionary)