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 In his free time, Tom enjoyed shooting, carpentry, and especially traveling, including memorable trips to Alaska and Cape Cod., "Thomas J. Wlazlo," 13 Dec. 2019 Known for his unique style of figure drawing — a touch exaggerated, endearing and provocative — Peter has pulled inspiration from his days in carpentry and gardening, which prompted plants to enter his art. NBC News, "12 queer artists whose work is making us pay attention," 13 Dec. 2019 Beachside, the decor of the 12 guest rooms and spa incorporates the craftwork of local artisans, tapping techniques like weaving and carpentry. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the World's First 3D-Printed Retreat," 25 Nov. 2019 Either in carpentry, painting, manufacturing, windows, doors, things like that. Gillian Telling,, "Alex Trebek Appears on Former Jeopardy! Contestant Austin Rogers' Podcast — to Talk Carpentry!," 17 Oct. 2019 Reliability questions cropped up in October following a preseason inspection that showed a need for carpentry and electrical improvements to the building that houses equipment for the system. USA TODAY, "Art against incarceration, glacial melt that could hurt a fly: News from around our 50 states," 22 Nov. 2019 His father, who owned a carpentry business, built their house out of century-old reclaimed wood from the nearby Bermuda United Methodist Church. Bob Carlton |, al, "Meet the Alabama chef who’s making noise in New Orleans," 14 Nov. 2019 The only person in the group who had found viable work, doing construction and carpentry, is now trying to leave Tapachula, because a local group has begun extorting him. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Does Asylum Have a Future at the Southern Border?," 3 Oct. 2019 The Bloomfield Township home on a deeply treed ravine has a beautiful contemporary interior, including fine carpentry and a circular catwalk. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2M mansion on the side of a hill is made for art and cider lovers," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of carpentry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

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“Carpentry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of carpentry

: the skill or work of building or repairing wooden things

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