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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Fearing this destiny, Rebecca ditches home-ec class in high school to saw tables in half with the fellas across the hall in carpentry class. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 3: Dreams and Fears Go Hand-In-Hand for the Pearsons," 10 Oct. 2018 Visual displays of artifacts, such as convict carpentry tools, are mixed with audio installations and interactive experiences. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 Gomm was killed in the prison’s industry building, where eligible prisoners can participate in welding and carpentry programs, said Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Minnesota inmate's bloody past comes to light after allegedly killing corrections officer," 20 July 2018 Currently, women make up less than 3 percent of the construction workforce, which includes the building trades—hands-on jobs like carpentry, bricklaying, and electrical work—as well as management. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 These include technical and scientific analyses, such as examining the pigments in paints or the metal hardware and original carpentry on a panel painting. John Hooper, WSJ, "How a $30 Million Renaissance Masterpiece Was Found," 21 May 2018 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

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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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