car·​pen·​ter | \ ˈkär-pən-tər How to pronounce carpenter (audio) , ˈkär-pᵊm-tər \

Definition of carpenter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


carpentered; carpentering\ ˈkär-​pən-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce carpentering (audio) \

Definition of carpenter (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to follow the trade of a carpenter carpentered when he was young

transitive verb

1 : to make by or as if by carpentry
2 : to put together often in a mechanical manner carpentered many television scripts

Examples of carpenter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His dad — whose profession is not carpenter —took out and rebuilt 14 windows. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Vintage Victorian in Chelsea was cut up, made into apartments. Now it's been restored.," 20 June 2020 Every handyman may not be a carpenter, plumber, or an electrician. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Find someone qualified to work in your home," 13 June 2020 Still, Caiazzo thoroughly planned the restaurant’s reopening by hiring a carpenter and an architect to figure out the flow of the restaurant. Janelle Bitker,, "June gloom, dirty streets limit San Francisco restaurants’ outdoor dining options," 11 June 2020 The couple once lived in San Francisco, where Bloom worked as a carpenter, refusing to take the McCarthy-era loyalty oath required to teach. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "'A very moral man': WWII vet and avid storyteller Melvin Bloom dies from COVID-19," 11 June 2020 Otieno remembers how hard his father, an informal carpenter, and his mother, a hairdresser, worked to keep him and his two younger siblings supported and safe. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "In this sprawling city within a city, fighting coronavirus requires solidarity," 9 June 2020 Karmyn Valentine, a carpenter by trade, had never made art before coming to prison. Janie Paul, The Conversation, "What we can learn about isolation from prison artists," 9 June 2020 Krueger said her husband, Boe, a carpenter, is working on the building to get the space ready to move into in late July or early August. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fray Boutique is moving into the former space occupied by May Garden Center for 65 years," 3 June 2020 The works jump off the wall into three dimensions in the box structures that Judd fabricated with the help of his father (an executive who also happened to be an experienced carpenter) and painted a blazing, inorganic cadmium red. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Minimized Life," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Noma’s dining room, by contrast, is meticulously carpentered together, from the peaked ceiling to the bare floor, out of sanded oak and Douglas fir. Pete Wells, New York Times, "The New Noma: Frequently Asked Questions," 24 Apr. 2018 The drama is something that seems to be leaking from the very forms so elaborately carpentered to contain it. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Master,’ the Flip Side of a Masterpiece," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of carpenter


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1815, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for 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

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“Carpenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of carpenter

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


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: a worker who builds or repairs wooden things

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