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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These carpenter style jeans from Dickies are my current favorite pant to wear to the office. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Can You Wear Jeans in the Office? Here’s How 14 Vogue Editors Do It," 15 Feb. 2019 Use white glue, carpenter’s glue, water-proof glue, or epoxy. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Waste Not: 6 Things You Can Do With Sawdust and Wood Shavings," 20 Nov. 2018 Sawfish, also known as carpenter sharks, have become more rare in recent years, with all five species of Pristidae being listed as either endangered or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Fisherman hooks 11-foot endangered sawfish off Florida pier, releases it back into ocean," 10 Aug. 2018 Ray was also an active member of the East Haddam Lion's Club and St. Bridget's Church and a master carpenter. Hartford Courant,, "Raymond A. Bolduc," 15 June 2018 Which is why Ty won't be retiring his carpenter belt. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "Ty Pennington Gets Real About What It's Like Being a Carpenter on "Trading Spaces"," 5 Apr. 2018 Linda’s approach to design extends beyond her ability to create floor plans, detail millwork, and hire expert carpenters to execute your vision; Linda designs the background for living. House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Our Whole Home Project," 2 Mar. 2018 The reclaimed farmhouse comes from carpenter Ed Cady, who in 1960 founded East Coast Barn Builders as a way to preserve English and Dutch Style barns in the United States. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Rustic home made from reclaimed barn timber wants $750K," 16 Apr. 2018 But sometimes the most interesting homes blend the old and new, like this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath in Connecticut. Constructed in 2007, the home’s seller is a carpenter and woodworker by trade. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Country house on 59 acres blends old and new for $683K," 12 Dec. 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 How to pronounce carpenter (audio) \

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: a worker who builds or repairs wooden things

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