carpenter

noun
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

carpenter

verb
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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Dennis Christensen, a 46-year-old carpenter from Denmark, was found guilty Wednesday of violating a Russian law that bans activities by groups deemed to be terrorist organizations, according to information published by the court. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Russia Jails Jehovah’s Witness After Banning Group as Extremist," 6 Feb. 2019 Ford is a host of the show, along with her brother, Steve Ford, a carpenter with a dry sense of humor and a penchant for wearing a backward baseball cap. Hayley Krischer, The Seattle Times, "Exploring the many shades of white — and they’re all right," 10 Sep. 2018 The dream of the couple, who are engaged, is for Cheyenne to get a job working with children and for Mark to find employment as a carpenter or welder. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 More than 20 employees—among them upholsterers, textile specialists, metalsmiths, carpenters, and restorers—uphold the traditions of bespoke fabrication and quality that have defined Florentine artisanship for centuries. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 But the expense of hiring plumbers, electricians and carpenters has skyrocketed in the city. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s La Cocina Tenderloin marketplace project hits roadblock," 5 May 2018 After flirting with a number of career choices (social worker, nurse, forest ranger, carpenter, folk singer, radio broadcaster), Rich discovered a passion for writing — particularly for journalism. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Kim Rich returns to her Alaska roots with sequel to ‘Johnny’s Girl’," 21 Apr. 2018 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

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1815, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for carpenter

Noun

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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carpenter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carpenter

: a person whose job is to make or fix wooden objects or wooden parts of buildings

carpenter

noun
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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