car·pen·ter | \ˈkär-pən-tər, ˈkär-pᵊm-tər\

Definition of carpenter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a worker who builds or repairs wooden structures or their structural parts


carpentered; carpentering\-t(ə-)riŋ \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The carpenters and other unions still use the hall as a meeting place. Stephan Salisbury,, "New David McCullough history prize aims to remind America it all started here at Carpenters' Hall," 20 June 2018 Another mass shooting, and Greg Zanis, a carpenter from Illinois, was again on the scene, ready to hand-craft one wood memorial cross for each of the dead. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, "Horrific scene after horrific scene, a tragic mass-shooting routine has emerged," 25 May 2018 The furniture was made by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers and the baskets were weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek. Erin Hill,, "A Royal Glamping Honeymoon? See Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Reported Getaway," 10 Apr. 2018 The host, Paige Davis, is perky; the carpenters, Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse, are goofy but dutiful. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 5 Apr. 2018 The aspiring carpenters brought a variety of experiences to the session. Rebecca Heilweil,, "Program to train female carpenters warns of dizzying heights, Port-o-Johns," 28 Feb. 2018 His father was a carpenter who developed a heart condition, leading Mr. Harvey’s mother to support the family as a cafeteria cook for the local school system. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Larry Harvey, philosophical force behind Burning Man festival, dies at 70," 29 Apr. 2018 George also made his living as a painter, carpenter and electrician. Tim Prudente,, "‘The block took my baby’: Shooting haunts East Baltimore home of retirees, 'block captain'," 27 Apr. 2018 The biggest violators, in Pakenham’s experience, are plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. Elizabeth Royte, Daily Intelligencer, "George Pakenham is waging a one-man war on air pollution on the Upper West Side.," 10 July 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


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 \

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: a worker who builds or repairs wooden things

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