\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Real estate brokerage is a craft, which needs to be mastered through years of training and skills development. Frederick Peters, Forbes, 16 May 2022 And so his craft, it’s just so much that goes with his game. Mark Inabinett |, al, 14 May 2022 The family friendly event will feature displays, food and craft vendors, military vehicles, bounce houses, balloon animals and face painting, among other entertainment. Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 The keelson structure with mast steps, paired floors and futtocks, and ceiling timbers all suggest a sailing craft, probably a schooner or schooner-barge, that was built and operated during the last half of the 1800s. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 And so his film’s hero will be a sanitation worker who cleans the toilets, seeing his job as a craft and a service for the people. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 11 May 2022 As host of The Creative Nonfiction Podcast, Brendan O’Meara is no stranger to talking about the art and craft of storytelling. Brendan O'meara, Longreads, 10 May 2022 Wake problems: Large, speeding power boats that create hazardous wakes have become a problem for other craft, big and small, that also use Cleveland’s increasingly busy harbor. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 9 May 2022 The guidance no longer requires productions to allocate individual cast trailers/spaces and place perspex or clear plastic screens in craft and technical trailers. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Wave’s ability to craft game plans and adjust within matches will be tested. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Kids, here’s your chance to craft a creative environmental costume and message for the annual parade in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Free from the demands of having to tailor stories to accommodate ad breaks and the other time restraints of traditional linear schedules, pay and on-demand services have given filmmakers the freedom to craft their grim stories on a big canvas. Steve Clarke, Variety, 2 Apr. 2022 At first, his claims that he was being sleep deprived by outside forces making noises and vibrating his prison cell interfered with his lawyers’ ability to craft a defense. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2022 The industry is ripe with opportunities for innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs to craft more thoughtful watch experiences for consumers. Ian Morris, Rolling Stone, 24 Feb. 2022 The 1907 US Supreme Court case Hunter v. Pittsburgh favored states' authority to craft laws for their cities, and gave cities little legal recourse to sue. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 The idea emerged after the 2015 Paris climate deal, when the EU’s effort to craft a common green-bond standard for corporate and sovereign issuers revealed that members did not agree on what counted as green. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 8 Jan. 2022 If its attempts to craft a coherent narrative mostly fail, that is because there isn’t one to tell. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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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