car·​pen·​try ˈkär-pən-trē How to pronounce carpentry (audio)
: the art or trade of a carpenter
specifically : the art of shaping and assembling structural woodwork
: timberwork constructed by a carpenter
: 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 These are well suited to carpentry, deck building, and remodeling jobs. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2023 Incorporate fluting details in your living room with a fluted console or coffee table, or add some fluting to panels on a bespoke piece of carpentry or fluted glass in cabinet doors. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2024 McRae had once been a successful entrepreneur, the head of a high-end carpentry business in Dallas that catered to wealthy clients and brought him a six-figure income. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 Rollins used to teach high-schoolers with the gunman’s grandmother, tackle carpentry projects with his father and employ his sister as a babysitter. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 The revised curriculum features a section that examines the tasks performed by slaves—such as trades like carpentry and blacksmithing in addition to agricultural work. WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 Hultén has spent the past 12 years merging hand-hewn carpentry and MIDI interfaces. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 26 Sep. 2023 Check out demonstrations in blacksmithing, broom making, basket making, carpentry, and open-hearth cooking. 06 Louis Armstrong House Museum Jazz enthusiasts will not want to not miss the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 Torres’s 2017 conviction stemmed from a plan to have city public works employees do renovations, carpentry and electrical work at a warehouse that Torres’s daughter and nephew planned to turn into a liquor store, according to Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carpentry was in the 14th century

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“Carpentry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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car·​pen·​try ˈkär-pən-trē How to pronounce carpentry (audio)
: the work or trade of a carpenter

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