car·pen·try | \-trē \

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.

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The council expressed a special thank-you to Stephen Twarowski and Larry Abbott who donated time and labor to do the carpentry work. Amy Ahlbrand Robinson, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Members renovate Wellsprings Village," 20 May 2018 John had a carpentry business that did well during the housing boom. John Tozzi And Zachary Tracer,, "How sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system," 26 June 2018 Dan and a pickup teammate who practiced carpentry laid the original concrete pad and built the rafters with 2x6s. Jake Fischer,, "Dakota Mathias's Skill Set Doesn't Stop at the Three-Point Line," 14 June 2018 The general contractor will follow, completing electrical, plumbing, and carpentry work by the end of the year, church officials said. Hattie Bernstein,, "Flock from Bible Belt arrives to help raise Chinese church," 22 June 2018 John Jordan had a carpentry business that did well during the housing boom. John Tozzi,, "Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System," 26 June 2018 The contracts approved Thursday covered all phases of the construction including brick masonry, concrete, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and roofing. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Hobart awards bids for high school aquatic center," 6 July 2018 Jordan went into carpentry, doing construction on residential homes, after serving in the military. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Coolidge football teammates get their championship rings 50 years later," 26 June 2018 Another room has power tools and equipment used to teach carpentry skills. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Former Blue Island boarding school now a live-in recovery center for addicts with clinic, library and classrooms," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of carpentry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of carpentry

: the skill or work of making or fixing wooden objects or wooden parts of buildings : the skill of a carpenter or the work done by a carpenter


car·pen·try | \ˈkär-pən-trē \

Kids Definition of carpentry

: the skill or work of building or repairing wooden things

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