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car·​pen·​ter ˈkär-pən-tər How to pronounce carpenter (audio)
: a worker who builds or repairs wooden structures or their structural parts


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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

Examples of carpenter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
It's become difficult to find people for vocational jobs, like being a carpenter, driver or tailor. Yulia Drozd, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2024 What’s their agenda: More good union jobs Schiff has received the endorsement of dozens of labor unions, but few are spending as enthusiastically as the carpenters union, which represents more than half a million workers. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Top donors include developer Joseph W. Kaempfer, entrepreneur Eric Laufer and a carpenter’s union. Harriet Blair Rowan, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 The campaign cited three firefighters’ unions as well as the carpenters and electricians who backed her six years ago. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The trusses were assembled at the workshop for a dry-fit, then disassembled and trucked to Paris, where carpenters put them back together. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 In 1934, carpenters’ union leader J.M. Stubblefield was inside a Carpenters’ Hall telephone booth when he was shot dead. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 For hundreds of years, residents of Valencia, Spain, have celebrated the arrival of spring and paid tribute to San Jose, the patron saint of the carpenters’ guild, by building and then ceremonially burning huge monuments made of wood, cardboard, and paper. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 Conestoga wagons were developed by local carpenters and blacksmiths to carry goods, including farm produce and items bartered from Native Americans, to markets in Philadelphia. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 2 Mar. 2024
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, 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, 8 June 2017

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1815, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of carpenter was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Carpenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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: a worker who builds or repairs wooden structures
carpenter verb
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