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 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

Examples of carpenter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dennis Gutt, 25, is a carpenter from the German town of Schuby. Allen Kim, CNN, "This 7-year-old had a chance to take a trip to Disney World. Instead, he chose to meet his bone marrow donor," 23 Aug. 2019 Before getting into politics, Brady worked as a union carpenter. Chris Brennan,, "Exclusive: Bob Brady is not running for reelection," 31 Jan. 2018 For weeks, a team of art installers, designers, carpenters & artists worked feverishly day and night to put together the show in a brand new building that sits on Brooklyn's old industrial waterfront. CBS News, "Graffiti beyond the streets," 7 July 2019 There, vocational programs train students to become lawyers and stock traders as well as carpenters. Stephane Kasriel, Fortune, "Why Upwork Scratched College Degree Requirements From Our Job Descriptions," 6 June 2019 Skilled craftsmen are even tougher to locate, especially millwrights, pipelayers, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers, concrete workers, carpenters and bricklayers. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s construction industry finds no relief from labor shortages," 28 Aug. 2019 Rob Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter, editor of, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business. Real Estate, "Ask the Carpenter: Mold in the attic and trouble in the garage," 12 Sep. 2019 Born on the island of North Bimini in November 1914, Granddaddy was the last survivor of 10 children born to Milton Uriah Saunders, a carpenter, and Laura-Jane Francis Saunders, a housekeeper. Crystal A. Degregory, Time, "Here in the Bahamas, Every Generation Has Its Storm Stories. The Tale of Hurricane Dorian Is Still Being Written," 4 Sep. 2019 Ready to Fall Inn Love with the carpenters, goats and Kiwi slang? Ruth Kinane,, "Christina Milian on new Netflix rom-com Falling Inn Love: 'Goats are super chill'," 29 Aug. 2019 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 Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish carpat chariot, carr vehicle — more at car

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“Carpenter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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) \

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: a worker who builds or repairs wooden things

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