car·​pen·​ter | \ˈkär-pən-tər, ˈkär-pᵊm-tər\

Definition of carpenter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


carpentered; carpentering\-​t(ə-​)riŋ \

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

In 2003, a local carpenters union struck for 9 days. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-area construction strike enters second week, with no movement at bargaining table," 28 Aug. 2018 Steel and concrete workers are finishing their work and transitioning out, as carpenters, drywallers, tile installers, and painters are coming on board. Mark Arsenault,, "Encore Boston Harbor rising to the challenge," 25 May 2018 The company has also started the foundation of another tower at 50 Hudson Yards using nonunion workers and a small contingent of union carpenters. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "With Pickets and Lawsuits, Unions and Developers Go to War," 13 Apr. 2018 Saxony – where Chemnitz is located – has an entrenched neo-Nazi scene and seen strong support for AfD. The party encouraged last week’s protests, which drew thousands following the Aug. 26 slaying of 35-year-old carpenter Daniel Hillig in Chemnitz. Christoph Noelting, The Seattle Times, "German authorities take aim at far-right party’s youth wing," 4 Sep. 2018 The school’s fence was lined with 17 crosses built by a carpenter from Illinois who drove through a snowstorm to bring them here. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "‘I would rather not be alone.’ Behind their anger, Florida students are still teens struggling with trauma.," 20 Feb. 2018 Less than a mile north, Barn on 26 Antiques occupies a circa-1870 barn that owner Alice Welch says was probably built by local Shaker carpenters. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 The new owners’ bath is a splash of contemporary style, built by their carpenter, including two sinks and a walk-in European shower. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Indian Village home with gardens, koi pond is groomed to the gills," 19 May 2018 The median annual wage for carpenters is $43,600, and the highest 10 percent earn more than $79,480. Brenda Richardson,, "Skilled-labor shortage makes home repairs a headache," 19 Apr. 2018

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 Celt origin; akin to Old Irish carpat chariot, carr vehicle — more at car

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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


car·​pen·​ter | \ˈkär-pən-tər \

Kids Definition of carpenter

: a worker who builds or repairs wooden things

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