\ 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


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 crafter (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 However, some people who enjoy going out to bars might miss being able to order complicated craft cocktails that seem impossible to make at home. Alex Darus, cleveland, "3 ways to amp up your at-home cocktails," 23 Mar. 2020 In a craft cocktail world that, at times, can feel implicitly white and exclusive, this fact made Here’s How a welcome outlier. Justin Phillips,, "NIMBYs forced a popular Uptown Oakland bar to close. What will be next?," 12 Mar. 2020 The brewery taproom will reopen with Thirsty Monk taps only, craft cocktails and of course, delicious tacos from Tight Tacos. oregonlive, "Oregon beer this week: Great Notion opens in Beaverton; Fort George/GOW, Little Beast releases," 28 Feb. 2020 Expect craft cocktails but also frozen drinks and beer. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dozens of restaurants are preparing to open in the Milwaukee area. Here's a look.," 20 Feb. 2020 Expect lots of craft cocktails and Spanish gin and tonics. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Spain’s legendary Enrique Tomás restaurant and store opening Feb. 12 in Dallas," 7 Feb. 2020 The restaurant, founded by cardiologist Joel Kahn and his son, offered plant-based, non-GMO dishes and craft cocktails. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Gourmet vegan eatery GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale to close Feb. 1," 20 Jan. 2020 Nearly 1,000 guests sampled sweets, savory bites and craft cocktails from over 20 of Chicago’s top restaurants, hotels and bakeries, all in competition for the evening’s best creations. Candace Jordan,, "World of Chocolate’s cocktails in an ‘igloo’ and 1940s ocean liner vibe help raise money for AIDS Foundation of Chicago," 12 Dec. 2019 The approach extends to an array of witty craft cocktails. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: House of Naan in New Haven mixes traditional with modern for comfort-food Indian fusion," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man singularly unsuited to the moment, roused himself last week to craft an economic rescue package. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Republican Plot to Save the Rich," 24 Mar. 2020 Even the crafting stores that supply the materials needed to make face masks are feeling the strain. Laura Garcia,, "‘I have to triage requests’: SA volunteers are flooded with requests for face masks," 23 Mar. 2020 Every one to three days, another few pieces in the crafting system drop onto your island. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Animal Crossing: New Horizons review: A quarantined life has never been cuter," 16 Mar. 2020 This elaborate crispy rice treat basket shows off your crafting skills and your favorite Easter Peeps — a real win in our book. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make an Edible Easter Basket Using Peeps," 25 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, the numbers Microsoft had used to craft its deal were laughable, the agency concluded. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "The IRS Decided to Get Tough Against Microsoft. Microsoft Got Tougher.," 22 Jan. 2020 Expertly crafted rods like the Croix Custom Ice Rods from St. Croix Rod will make a big difference in your ice fishing success. Field & Stream, "10 High-Tech Tools to Change the Way You Ice Fish," 18 Dec. 2019 Over the course of 10 months, which included weekly site visits considering such close proximity, Greer was able to craft the home of her dreams—without the assistance of an interior designer. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "This Washington, D.C. Home is a Lesson in the Power of Contrasts," 25 Nov. 2019 The cost for this class is $45 and includes book pages and other crafting supplies., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of craft


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


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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26 Mar 2020

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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