\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \

Definition of craft

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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 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 His craft stems directly from the fictional character Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief whose genius heists were documented in a book series by author Maurice Leblanc in the early 20th century. Natalie Morin,, "Netflix’s French Heist Show Lupin Has A Very Hot — I Mean, Good — Reason For You To Watch," 12 Jan. 2021 Kast has refined his craft through about 20 coaching changes, 23 playoff appearances and four championships, manning the scorer’s table at no fewer than six arenas, including the Cow Palace, the San Francisco Civic Auditorium and Oracle Arena. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "His Job Is Counting Stephen Curry’s 3-Pointers. You’d Retire, Too.," 8 Jan. 2021 Although attars fell out of fashion in the 20th century, Kannauj perfumers continue to ply their craft the same old-fashioned way—recently awakening a new generation, at home and abroad, to its sensual, compelling fragrance. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 In March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with officials from around the world, put out calls for qualified healthcare workers to dig out their scrubs and return to their craft to help fight on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "These former nurses were asked to leave retirement and return to the front lines," 3 Jan. 2021 To hone his craft as a coach, McCarthy studies and emulates notable QB camp directors Trent Dilfer, Jordan Palmer, Will Hewlett, and Tom House. Nathaniel Weitzer,, "At M2 QB Academy, Mike McCarthy helps college prospects take it to the next level," 3 Jan. 2021 In the still of the pandemic, Monroe kept studying her craft. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s 2020 Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2020 Thinking through gifts can also result in new and creative craft projects. Claire Trageser, Family, "The pandemic might be changing the way kids give gifts.," 3 Dec. 2020 And Susan is offering to-go kits for craft projects while workshops are on hold. Melanie Savage,, "Shop local for the holidays at By the Pond," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The government’s current funding expires this weekend, setting up a deadline for months of grinding talks over how to craft an aid bill responding to the pandemic and its mounting death toll and economic pain. Kristina Peterson And Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "No Agreement on Covid-Aid Liability Reached," 14 Dec. 2020 Proceeds from purchases directly benefit the artisans in India, Portugal, and the U.S. who craft them. Malia Griggs, SELF, "The 19 Best Black Friday Bedding and Mattress Deals Going on Now," 27 Nov. 2020 Whether used for ceremonies within the community, public events like powwows and dances, or for other events, regalia holds deep meaning for the tribal artisans who craft the pieces and the tribal members who wear them. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Native regalia reflects tribal cultures and histories: 'You remember where you come from'," 20 Nov. 2020 Teens will learn how to craft spooky décor at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Shellie Lister | Contributing Writer,, "Make greeting cards, enjoy Halloween games or learn how to spot 'fake news'," 19 Oct. 2020 An adjustment will be required as Newton’s multi-dimensional style allowed coordinator Josh McDaniels to craft game plans around the quarterback’s prowess as a runner, a key factor in New England leading the league in rushing. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: With Cam Newton's positive test, COVID-19's wrath on NFL season may be just beginning," 3 Oct. 2020 Administrators had to craft new plans on the fly, not knowing how conditions would change week to week, even day to day. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "He’s 7 and blind. How will he learn remotely?," 28 Sep. 2020 Guest has been working on how to craft the best prevention messages based on culturally competent messaging and how to get testing into communities that have a distrust of the medical system. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Iditarod preps for any scenario as 2021 race plans proceed," 24 Sep. 2020 Durazo and other backers decided to craft a new approach: Alongside Durazo’s bill to cover older adults, Arambula introduced AB-4, companion legislation to cover all undocumented immigrant adults. Angela Hart,, "California lawmakers to Newsom: Give all immigrants health coverage," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce craft (audio)

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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