\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \

Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in planning, making, or executing : dexterity "We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must … win, if win we can, by craft."— Jack London
2a : 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 He learned the craft as an apprentice.
b crafts plural : articles made by craftspeople a store selling crafts a crafts fair
3 : skill in deceiving to gain an end used craft and guile to close the deal
4 : the members of a trade or trade association

5 plural usually craft

a : a boat especially of small size
b : aircraft


crafted; crafting; crafts

Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity She is crafting a new sculpture. a carefully crafted story

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crafter \ ˈkraf-​tər How to pronounce crafter (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for craft

Synonyms: Noun

art, handcraft, handicraft, trade

Synonyms: Verb

cast, compose, draft, draw up, formulate, frame, prepare

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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

Examples of craft in a Sentence


the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times borrowed a craft to get across the river


The furniture is crafted from bamboo. He is crafting a new sculpture. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Parchment paper can be used as craft paper, wrapping paper, a paint palette, a bookmark, a child’s placemat, a prep station for chopping veggies, and so much more. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Here's Why You Should Be Using Parchment Paper Instead of Wax Paper," 29 May 2019 The garden will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Shares "Heartbreaking" Parenting Struggle at the Chelsea Flower Show," 19 May 2019 The funny thing is in Belfast, there is no craft coffee selling Starbucks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Somehow a Starbucks Cup Made It Into a Game of Thrones Scene Last Night," 12 May 2019 Using the craft knife, cut two rounded feet from the small gourd. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Got a craft brewery, distillery, winery in your area? Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "21 Rainy-Day Date Ideas That Aren't Another Movie," 30 Mar. 2019 Its cinema techniques are stark and distinctive, making it a textbook film, in many ways, for students looking to learn the craft. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist still resonates today," 3 Dec. 2018 In Portsmouth, check into the cozy, inn-style Hotel Portsmouth, which screams Americana and is within walking distance to the town’s best restaurants, old-school coffee shops, and craft breweries. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 You might even be tempted to pick up a few extra arts and crafts hobbies. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "8 Tie-Dye Leggings to Add to Your Activewear Collection ASAP," 5 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Getting ahead in your career is a great objective and crafting your strategy to advance is very important. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Get Promoted at Work In 3 Steps, According to a Career Coach," 9 May 2019 Congrats to Abergel on crafting one seriously cool look. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Charlize Theron’s Hairstylist Explains the Inspiration Behind Her New Faux Bangs," 1 May 2019 OnePlus may be a company known for crafting phones with premium specs and affordable prices but that doesn’t mean it can’t bust loose once in a while. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is the height of overkill—and I totally want one," 11 Dec. 2018 Chambers was a special-effects titan, most famous for crafting the apes in Planet of the Apes. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the eternal Halloween bop — and so much more," 31 Oct. 2018 Cloudlift Cellars 2015 Stratus petit verdot, Yakima Valley, $32: Tom Stangeland is a winemaker and furniture craftsman in South Seattle, building a reputation for crafting wines of structure and depth. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 The apps on this list are either built for crafting long-form scripts on mobile or recording idle shower thoughts. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life," 31 Aug. 2018 Michaels: For any Thanksgiving crafting needs, Michaels should be open in the evening. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "These Stores Will Be Open on Thanksgiving Day," 9 Oct. 2018 Officials at the Boston Planning & Development Agency, which spent five years crafting the zoning plan, declined to comment, as did a spokesman for Beaton. Tim Logan,, "CLF plans suit to overturn new zoning that allows skyscrapers on harbor’s edge," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of craft


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craft

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of craft was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands
: a job or activity that requires special skill
: objects made by skillful use of the hands



English Language Learners Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \

Kids Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in making things especially with the hands
2 : an occupation or trade requiring skill with the hands or as an artist Carpentry is a craft.
3 plural usually craft : a boat especially when of small size
4 plural usually craft : aircraft
5 : skill and cleverness often used to trick people What he lacked in speed … was more than made up for by his craft— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill


crafted; crafting

Kids Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce with care or skill

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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