noun \ˈkraft\

: 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

:  skill in planning, making, or executing :  dexterity
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>
:  skill in deceiving to gain an end <used craft and guile to close the deal>
:  the members of a trade or trade association
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

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

Rhymes with CRAFT



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

Full Definition of CRAFT

transitive verb
:  to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity <is crafting a new sculpture> <a carefully crafted story>
craft·er \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.

First Known Use of CRAFT

15th century

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought


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