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 carpenter (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 In fact, the sum total of his training consisted of attending lectures by Frank Lloyd Wright, then working as a carpenter. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 David Jarvis, a carpenter and an officer of the Carpenters Union, said the project is not complicated. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 28 May 2022 Just visit the new carpenter and millwrights apprentice school in Detroit. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2022 Along the street, Carlo passed two different shops where artisans worked with wood, one a carpenter and the other more of a woodcarver. Perri Klass, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 Orrin Grant Hatch was born in 1934 in Pittsburgh, to a carpenter and plaster lather. Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 Orrin Grant Hatch was born in 1934 in Pittsburgh, to a carpenter and plaster lather. Lindsay Whitehurst, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Bryan says this year's batch of contestants — which includes a former security officer, carpenter and a formerly homeless singer — have impressed with their growth. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Check out these links for helpful tips regarding how to get rid of gnats, how to get rid of carpenter ants, and how to get rid of flies in drains. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, 23 May 2022 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, 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 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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