car·​pen·​try | \ ˈkär-pən-trē How to pronounce carpentry (audio) \

Definition of carpentry

1 : the art or trade of a carpenter specifically : the art of shaping and assembling structural woodwork
2 : timberwork constructed by a carpenter
3 : the form or manner of putting together the parts (as of a literary or musical composition)

Examples of carpentry in a Sentence

He learned carpentry from his father. When the carpentry is finished, the cabinets will be installed.
Recent Examples on the Web The company draws influences from past centuries to create modern furniture designs; all made using techniques practiced in carpentry, cabinetmaking, marquetry and upholstery. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2022 Fyffe’s grandfather taught him carpentry and inspired him to be an artist, making everything from tiny copper sculptures of mushrooms to a 25-foot-tall guitar made out of pumpkins. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 After winning a scholarship to a vocational school for carpentry in Germany and attending architecture school at the Technical University of Berlin, Kéré didn’t rush to join a prestigious firm. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 The master bedroom boasts an entire wall of closets, while the unfinished basement is easily large enough for laundry, storage, a carpentry or sewing studio, and more. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 3 Mar. 2022 Kéré left Burkina Faso in the mid-1980s to study carpentry in Germany, and later earned a scholarship to Technische Universität Berlin. Anne Quito, Quartz, 15 Mar. 2022 Webster had previously done carpentry for Tangled String. Matt Wake |, al, 3 Jan. 2022 Wright's mother, Katie Bryant, provided some spark of life testimony on Wednesday, saying her son loved to play basketball and was a jokester, and was thinking about pursuing carpentry. Amy Forliti, ajc, 9 Dec. 2021 Hospel, Nita said, worked at a steel company and did carpentry in his spare time. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of carpentry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Carpentry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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car·​pen·​try | \ ˈkär-pən-trē How to pronounce carpentry (audio) \

Kids Definition of carpentry

: the skill or work of building or repairing wooden things

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