<p>Origin of <i>ARTIFACT</i></p>
<p>Latin arte by skill (abl. of art-, ars skill) + factum, neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do.</p>
First Known Use: 1821</p>
An <i>ART • I • FACT</i> or artefact is "something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest".