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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Wooden forms, concrete mixers and stockpiles of sand and gravel that a small army of carpenters and laborers had assembled for the bridge building project also were washed downstream. Jacques Kelly,, "Spanning Herring Run, the old Harford Road Bridge weathered a rough start," 8 June 2019 Some common hourly rates are $56.38 an hour for carpenters, $67.64 an hour for electricians, $81.33 an hour for plumbers and $65.13 an hour for painters, Glenn said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor budgets $240,000 for office furniture, remodeling," 21 June 2019 In early June, some of the carpenters, roofers and firemen of HEART 9/11 came to a screening of the film at The 9/11 Memorial Museum, along with Perez, Rodriguez and Keegan. Diane Herbst,, "Ramón Rodriguez Is on a Mission to Help Puerto Ricans Return to Their Hurricane-Ravaged Homes," 19 June 2019 This means lost jobs for carpenters, hair dressers, food workers & 100s of small businesses grown right here. Catherine Kim, Vox, "The #StayAndFight coalition urges Hollywood to reconsider boycotting Georgia," 5 June 2019 Although Living School students have already built the school’s front desk under the tutelage of a professional carpenter, an OPSB spokeswoman in January stated the students will not be building the school themselves., "In an old laser tag arena, a new high school hopes to set 'a future example’ for learning," 4 June 2019 William Carroll Hall, the son of Edward Jenison Hall, a carpenter, and his wife, Evelyn Esther Dickey Hall, a bookkeeper, was born in Lowell, Mass., and raised in nearby Dracut, Mass. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "William C. Hall, a retired Teledyne Energy Systems Inc. marketing manager and an active churchman, dies," 3 June 2019 One of 12 children of a carpenter and homemaker, Warner graduated from Washington High School in 1946 and started attending what was then St. Thomas College. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Jim Warner, who built small appliance shop into Warners’ Stellian empire, dies at 90," 7 June 2019 Washburn was the son of a carpenter from Martinsville, Virginia, just above the North Carolina border., "D-Day survivor: ‘Why were they killed and I wasn’t? Why?'," 5 June 2019

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) \

Kids Definition of carpenter

: a worker who builds or repairs wooden things

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