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carpenter

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noun car·pen·ter \ˈkär-pən-tər, ˈkär-pəm-tər\

Simple Definition of carpenter

  • : a person whose job is to make or fix wooden objects or wooden parts of buildings

Full Definition of carpenter

  1. :  a worker who builds or repairs wooden structures or their structural parts

Origin of carpenter

Middle English, from Anglo-French carpenter, charpenter, from Latin carpentarius carriage maker, from carpentum carriage, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish carpat chariot, carr vehicle — more at car


First Known Use: 14th century


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carpenter

verb car·pen·ter

Definition of carpenter

carpenteredcarpenter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to follow the trade of a carpenter <carpentered when he was young>

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make by or as if by carpentry

  5. 2 :  to put together often in a mechanical manner <carpentered many television scripts>



Circa 1815

First Known Use of carpenter

circa 1815



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