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noun \ˈkraft\

Simple Definition of craft

  • : an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands

  • : a job or activity that requires special skill

  • crafts : objects made by skillful use of the hands

Full Definition of craft

  1. 1 :  skill in planning, making, or executing :  dexterity

  2. 2 a :  an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill <the carpenter's craft> <the craft of writing plays> <crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing> b plural :  articles made by craftspeople <a store selling crafts> <a crafts fair>

  3. 3 :  skill in deceiving to gain an end <used craft and guile to close the deal>

  4. 4 :  the members of a trade or trade association

  5. 5 plural usually craft a :  a boat especially of small size b :  aircraft c :  spacecraft

Examples of craft

  1. <the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times>

  2. <borrowed a craft to get across the river>

Origin of craft

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of craft

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power <the art of choosing the right word>. skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency <the skill of a glassblower>. cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing <a mystery plotted with great cunning>. artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature <believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice>. craft may imply expertness in workmanship <the craft of a master goldsmith>.

Other Handicraft Terms

Rhymes with craft




Simple Definition of craft

  • : to make or produce (something) with care or skill

Full Definition of craft

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity <is crafting a new sculpture> <a carefully crafted story>

craft·er play \ˈkraf-tər\ noun

Examples of craft

  1. The furniture is crafted from bamboo.

  2. He is crafting a new sculpture.

  3. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.

15th Century

First Known Use of craft

15th century

Other Handicraft Terms

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