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 She's raised $90,000 to shore up and preserve a rural Minnesota church where her great-grandfather, Ole Leraas, plied his carpentry skills to build the altar and communion rails at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the 1880s. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "This history buff embraces family's past with gusto," 23 Jan. 2021 According to the company, applicants should be experienced craft workers or those with skills, such as being able to read a tape measure, work with power tools or have carpentry experience. William Thornton |, al, "Ingalls Shipbuilding to host Mobile drive-by hiring event Jan. 20," 15 Jan. 2021 There’s an old saying from carpentry: Measure twice, cut once. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Hang Curtains Like a Professional," 23 Nov. 2020 It’s a useful organizing principle for everything from general cooking to carpentry, but preparation is especially critical in sausage making, which can get messy. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Keys to Making Great Game Sausage," 4 Sep. 2019 Nowhere was the symphony of carpentry and lava stone more awe-inspiring than the oceanfront dining and lounge areas of Codex. Sunset Magazine, "Sparkling New Resort in Mexico Offers a Pristine (& Safe) Beachside Escape," 30 Dec. 2020 This past summer, while confined indoors like everyone else during the COVID-19 pandemic, Diaz taught himself carpentry skills. Rick Menning,, "Atlantic High student gives back as family moves on from house fire," 25 Nov. 2020 The explosion occurred in a building that houses the hospital’s labor shops, such as carpentry and plumbing, a spokesperson for the hospital said., "Explosion Kills 2 Steam Pipe Workers At Veterans Hospital," 13 Nov. 2020 Topics include how to locate available properties through live video walkthroughs to basic carpentry to a comprehensive overview of the mortgage industry. Popular Science, "Learn all the ins and outs of purchasing, fixing, and flipping a residential property," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of carpentry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2021

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“Carpentry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce carpentry (audio) \

Kids Definition of carpentry

: the skill or work of building or repairing wooden things

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