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 Argentine ants and carpenter ants, on the other hand, can contaminate food and damage property. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 Other than a carpenter's level, no tools are required to install peel-and-stick acrylic shelves, which can be affixed to any smooth wall with adhesive strips. Laura Daily, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Today, Heron Preston and Calvin Klein’s collection drops online, with a plethora of careful wardrobe staples like the perfect white T-shirt, hoodies and sweatpants, carpenter jeans, and of course, underwear. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 23 Apr. 2021 This will take a skilled carpenter to cut the wood flooring and subflooring back to install a code-compliant fireproof hearth., 18 Apr. 2021 Not only that, but carpenter ants consume rotten wood, which could cause structural damage to the home over time. Angela Watson,, 3 Apr. 2021 Tanya Thompson, a union carpenter who has worked at the Met for 15 years, had planned to return to work there in December. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 They were drawn by Tsunekazu Nishioka, whose drafting instruments are on display in the next gallery, the Bamboo Room, where we are introduced to the world of the master carpenter. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 The great-great-granddaughter of the Dublin carpenter, daughter of a railroad station agent and a recent high school graduate, had left her home in a small Iowa town to stay with an ailing aunt in New Jersey. Michael Nesset, Star Tribune, 25 Nov. 2020 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

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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