1530s, "one skilled in any mechanical art, craftsman," from Italian artigiano, from Vulgar Latin *artitianus, from Latin artitus "skilled," past participle of artire "to instruct in the arts," from ars (genitive artis) "art" (see art (n.)). Barnhart reports French artisan, often given as the direct source of the English word, is attested too late to be so.
"of, pertaining to, or in the manner of artisans," 1610s (artizan skinners), from artisan (n.) or from adjectival use of the noun in French.
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