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artefact or artifact (ˈɑːtɪˌfækt )



  1. something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest
  2. anything man-made, such as a spurious experimental result
  3. (cytology) a structure seen in tissue after death, fixation, staining, etc, that is not normally present in the living tissue

Word Origin

C19: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make

Translations for 'artefact'

  • British English: artefactartifact An artefact is an ornament, tool, or other object that is made by a human being. NOUN...an exhibition of historical artefacts.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: artefato
  • Chinese: 艺术品艺藝术術品
  • European Spanish: artefacto
  • French: objet
  • German: Artefakt
  • Italian: manufatto
  • Japanese: 遺物
  • Korean: 인공물
  • Portuguese: artefacto
  • Spanish: artefacto

Example Sentences Including 'artefact'

Some might say -- his son had been one -- that it was in the artefact of the `impossible' that reality showed its true reach.
Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAY (2003)
Generations of people through thousands of years had died fighting for possession of this tiny artefact with its legendary contents.
Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIME (2003)
She held the phone away from her ear, staring at it as if it were an unfamiliar artefact.


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