I am looking for a word to describe people such as barber, ironsmith, tailor, carpenter etc. People with miscellaneous specialty who would move to a village to serve others who are normally into agriculture. Any ideas?

  • Depending on the domain, area of business, etc., different terms are employed, including skilled worker, artisan, tradesman, technician, smith, wright, artificer, etc.
    – Kris
    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:47
  • If you are writing a story ... Guildsman - the bunching of skilled labour into a collective. Frequently, such collectives are monopolising collectives. Guildsmen provide services no others can provide and none other allowed to provide unless being part of the fascist (Italian for bunching) socialist collective. Dec 7, 2014 at 15:45
  • @BlessedGeek Thank you! I am translating a book from my native language into English. Dec 7, 2014 at 16:38

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Tradespeople should suit your need.

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    Also craftsmen (or craftsfolk). Dec 6, 2014 at 23:21
  • Yeah, 40 years ago they would have been "tradesmen", but now "tradespeople".
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 7, 2014 at 0:49
  • @HotLicks "40 years ago they would have been tradesmen , then tradespeople , now (as always,) tradesmen , which was never incorrect in the first place. :)
    – Kris
    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:49
  • What's not right about all the other synonyms?
    – Kris
    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:50
  • Is there a rant on the goodol days goinonin here? Dec 8, 2014 at 6:16

Artisans might be another possibility.

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