carpentry

noun
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

Despite all that, carpentry remains the most accessible trade. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 But its construction relies on barely disguised nails rather than sophisticated carpentry. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America’ Review: Reformist, Yet Committed to Beauty," 11 Feb. 2019 The work is varied and, as with carpentry, there’s a wide spread in their earnings. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Over 4,000 students a year enroll in programs such as carpentry, ceramics, photography, and more. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Charles has a carpentry job, and Cynthia takes the children to school, Girl Scouts and travel soccer. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy said Gomm was killed Wednesday in the prison's industry building, which houses a welding shop and carpentry programs. Amy Forliti, Fox News, "Minnesota inmate accused in guard's death has violent past," 19 July 2018 Mellon also nurtured local craftspeople, who created the handmade clay pots and the rustic wattle fencing, and established a carpentry workshop that could replicate antique furniture. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of carpentry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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carpentry

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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

carpentry

noun
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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