\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \
plural crafts

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, trade, or activity 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


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

Synonyms for craft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Ballast Point owner Kings & Convicts Brewing acquires former Saint Archer facilities to roll out K & C craft beers in the region. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2022 And while Red Eagle Distillery focuses primarily on bourbon and rye, the tavern will offer seasonal cocktails, tequila, gin, rum and other drinks, including craft beers from across the state. Marc Bona, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2022 Salty Dog Picnic Cruise Grab your closest friends for a private scenic cruise around Calibogue Sound and surrounding waters, with plenty of craft beers and wine on board. Sucheta Rawal, Travel + Leisure, 2 Jan. 2022 Local brewery March First acquired the Woodburn Brewery, serving craft beers and spirits from Cincinnati Distilling. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 21 Dec. 2021 The dining car will feature seasonal fare, handmade cocktails, and craft beers. J.r. Patterson, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Dec. 2021 When the Tri-It Taproom in Avon opens next spring, customers will get to sample up to 44 IPAs, stouts or other craft beers or Connecticut wines — all without any help from a bartender. Don Stacom,, 8 Dec. 2021 But their bar carried an array of offerings from the city’s growing number of beer-makers, as well as a nifty selection of craft beers from around the country. Matt Wake |, al, 7 Dec. 2021 In his 50s, Wolpert reinvented himself as a screenwriter and credited Nancy Meyers for pushing him into the craft. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Buckingham Palace has announced that a baking competition will take place in the United Kingdom to craft the monarch, 95, a brand new-pudding with her name. Nicholas Rice,, 9 Jan. 2022 To do this, leaders can craft a set of personas that represent the key groups that the city serves. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, discussions around a variety of policy issues facing the tech industry are also planned, such as how to craft effective privacy laws, how to address the growing threat of cyberattacks and how to regulate cryptocurrencies. Samantha Kelly And Clare Duffy, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 Liquors are bottled and available for carryout, but bartenders also craft Tight Barrel spirits into cocktails. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2021 And on the other hand, does the repetition even matter when Team Succession — with the primary duo of Jesse Armstrong and Mark Mylod writing and directing, respectively — can craft an episode as funny, as sad, and as suspenseful as this one? Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec. 2021 The House and the Senate usually craft and pass their own bills separately, considering dozens of amendments along the way, before negotiating a compromise version. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 This new feature, which allows users to hear the voices of other players in their proximity in the game, is intended as another element to help Roblox Corporation craft its version of the metaverse, or a more immersive Internet. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 Religious exemptions to Covid-19 vaccine mandates have been a big headache for human resources leaders—how to craft them, analyze them and decide who actually gets them. Jena Mcgregor, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of craft


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


before the 12th 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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20 Jan 2022

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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



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

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


\ 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


crafted; crafting

Kids Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce with care or skill

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