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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Artisan  \Ar"ti*san\  (?;  277),  n.  [F.  artisan,  fr  L.  artitus 
  skilled  in  arts,  fr  ars,  artis,  art:  cf  It  artigiano  See 
  {Art},  n.] 
  1.  One  who  professes  and  practices  some  liberal  art;  an 
  artist.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  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.  --Hume. 
 
  Syn:  Artificer;  artist. 
 
  Usage:  {Artisan},  {Artist},  {Artificer}.  An  artist  is  one  who 
  is  skilled  in  some  one  of  the  fine  arts;  an  artisan  is 
  one  who  exercises  any  mechanical  employment.  A 
  portrait  painter  is  an  artist;  a  sign  painter  is  an 
  artisan,  although  he  may  have  the  taste  and  skill  of 
  an  artist.  The  occupation  of  the  former  requires  a 
  fine  taste  and  delicate  manipulation;  that  of  the 
  latter  demands  only  an  ordinary  degree  of  contrivance 
  and  imitative  power.  An  artificer  is  one  who  requires 
  power  of  contrivance  and  adaptation  in  the  exercise  of 
  his  profession.  The  word  suggest  neither  the  idea  of 
  mechanical  conformity  to  rule  which  attaches  to  the 
  term  artisan,  nor  the  ideas  of  refinement  and  of 
  peculiar  skill  which  belong  to  the  term  artist. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  artisan 
  n  :  a  skilled  worker  who  practices  some  trade  or  handicraft 
  [syn:  {craftsman},  {journeyman},  {artificer}] 




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