craft

noun
\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \

Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in planning, making, or executing : dexterity "We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must … win, if win we can, by craft."— Jack London
2a : an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill the carpenter's craft the craft of writing plays crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing He learned the craft as an apprentice.
b crafts plural : articles made by craftspeople a store selling crafts a crafts fair
3 : skill in deceiving to gain an end used craft and guile to close the deal
4 : the members of a trade or trade association

5 plural usually craft

a : a boat especially of small size
b : aircraft

craft

verb
crafted; crafting; crafts

Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity She is crafting a new sculpture. a carefully crafted story

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Other Words from craft

Verb

crafter \ ˈkraf-​tər How to pronounce crafter (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for craft

Synonyms: Noun

art, handcraft, handicraft, trade

Synonyms: Verb

cast, compose, draft, draw up, formulate, frame, prepare

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Noun

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power. the art of choosing the right word skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency. the skill of a glassblower cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing. a mystery plotted with great cunning artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature. believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice craft may imply expertness in workmanship. the craft of a master goldsmith

Examples of craft in a Sentence

Noun

the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times borrowed a craft to get across the river

Verb

The furniture is crafted from bamboo. He is crafting a new sculpture. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bar will feature tightly edited cocktail list focused on whiskey and bourbon with other craft liquors, beer, and wine (though nary a vodka in sight). Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails Opens at the Cosmopolitan," 20 Mar. 2019 For a more kid-friendly craft, good old-fashioned food coloring is the way to go. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring and Rubber Cement," 11 Mar. 2019 The proof: his knack for smoothing away the contradictions between simple, clean silhouettes and craft and texture, between a sense of now and an honoring of history. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season," 8 Mar. 2019 On the latter, only food, crafts and women’s fashion compete with home décor for clickability and fascination. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "What Interior Designers Hate to See on Instagram," 27 Feb. 2019 The film's director Yorgos Lanthimos was also nominated for his craft, and both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were nominated for best supporting actress. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Favourite's Nicholas Hoult Just Arrived at the Oscars with His Co-Star Joe Alwyn," 24 Feb. 2019 Its founding philosopher, John Ruskin (1819-1900), argued that the Industrial Revolution was destroying both craft and craftsman. 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 Instead of that cliché pool dive, the campaign videos showcase these two brilliant actors speaking to one another about craft. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 Kill them with knowledge. Kill them with your craft and your passion, and just your persona. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How RHONY's Barbara Kavovit Shattered The Glass Ceiling Of The Construction Industry," 29 Jan. 2019

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There are also so many things to do, including decorating Easter eggs with the kids, crafting cute DIYs, preparing an impressive holiday feast... the list goes on and on! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Walmart Open on Easter? Here Are the Superstore's Holiday Hours," 11 Mar. 2019 Utilizing pieces from both brands, the design team crafted a sophisticated look for Volandes's office that also seamlessly transitioned to a nearby meeting area. Liz Cantrell, ELLE Decor, "How to Make Your Office a "Home Away From Home"," 25 Feb. 2019 To accomplish such a feat, Oppo crafted an 8.6mm triple-camera system that includes a 48MP main lens and an 120-degree ultra-wide lens along with a 160mm zoom lens. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Oppo's phone tech goes futuristic with 5G and a 10X lossless zoom camera," 23 Feb. 2019 Chisel & Mouse The designers craft the buildings out of molded plaster and metal etching. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can now buy iconic Bauhaus buildings in miniature," 3 Dec. 2018 Expect a late July or early August opening at this Westfield gastropub, 303 E. Main St. Cerulean founder chef Caleb France and chef Alan Sternberg, who headed the Downtown Indy Cerulean kitchen, are crafting the menu. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meanwhile chose baker Fiona Cairns to craft theirs in 2011, which was decorated with white icing and intricate sugar flowers. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your First Look at Princess Eugenie's Red Velvet Wedding Cake," 6 Oct. 2018 This season's most intense television scenes had to be tenderly crafted in the editing room. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Editors Behind 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'This Is Us' and More Reveal How They Crafted Intense Scenes," 18 June 2018 The idea was detailed in a feasibility study crafted in partnership with the engineering firm Stantec. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Sorry, you can’t jump into the Charles River this summer during the community swim event," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of craft

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craft

Noun and Verb

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength

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The first known use of craft was before the 12th century

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craft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands
: a job or activity that requires special skill
: objects made by skillful use of the hands

craft

verb

English Language Learners Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce (something) with care or skill

craft

noun
\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \

Kids Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in making things especially with the hands
2 : an occupation or trade requiring skill with the hands or as an artist Carpentry is a craft.
3 plural usually craft : a boat especially when of small size
4 plural usually craft : aircraft
5 : skill and cleverness often used to trick people What he lacked in speed … was more than made up for by his craft— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill

craft

verb
crafted; crafting

Kids Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce with care or skill

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