Definition of artefact noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also artifact especially in North American English) noun
BrE BrE//ˈɑːtɪfækt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrtɪfækt//
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an object that is made by a person, especially something of historical or cultural interest Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Latin arte ‘by or using art’ + factum ‘something made’ (neuter past participle of facere ‘make’).Extra examples Both raw flint and finished artefacts were analysed. All students will benefit from the study of primary sources and genuine artefacts from the past. The museum has a superb collection of ancient artefacts from Nubia.