\ 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 The bars, opened in 2018, could as easily have been set down in Brooklyn as Bellingham, the former featuring natural wines and the latter a collection of craft cocktails that leans vaguely tiki-esque in nature. Fortune, "Don’t Miss This Off-the-Radar Foodie Oasis on the Canadian Border," 15 Sep. 2019 On the libations side, there are craft cocktails, local brews and California wines. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Tribune Tavern reopens in Oakland’s landmark tower," 13 Sep. 2019 The $2 discount applies to draft beer, craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "13 places for happy hour in Tempe," 13 Sep. 2019 When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday Where: 19th Street between Shepherd and Yale Details: A night of elegance at the McGovern Centennial Gardens, event features live music, craft cocktails, light bites and interactive booths. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: Karbachtoberfest, Whiskies of the World Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 The last time Raw took place at the Garden was in November 2009, and Austin noted that there are only a few places that offer the chance for performers to perfect their craft quite like the building at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. Justin Barrasso,, "‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin Reflects on Raw’s Return to MSG After 10 Years Away," 9 Sep. 2019 In addition, soups, salads, pizza, main dishes, dessert, a seasonal craft cocktail menu and 16 draft beers are offered. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s new at San Diego casinos: restaurants, beer, mobile apps and menu changes," 8 Sep. 2019 Full bar with craft cocktails and Japanese whiskys. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Asian trio on Las Olas — Etaru, Red Door and Sushi Shack," 29 Aug. 2019 Everything in this Slideshow Haley Joel Osment Haley Joel Osment graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011, choosing to perfect his craft in the classroom rather than on the big screen. Maria Yagoda,, "30 Stars Who Went Back to School After They'd Already Become Famous," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Conducted in the full glare of the media and watched by voters back home, a poor performance can sink the most carefully crafted of political careers. A.a., The Economist, "How European Commissioners are appointed," 13 Sep. 2019 The hotel also offers cooking classes, food tours, and carefully crafted excursions to magnificent temples and villages that are off the beaten path. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Angkor Wat Beyond the Temples," 10 Sep. 2019 Tracey Reese is a designer whose aesthetic lies within signature pieces carefully crafted for the modern woman. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards: Meet The 2019 Change Agent Award Nominees," 4 Sep. 2019 It must be paired with caution, shrewdness, decency, and, if those qualities prove insufficient, carefully crafted legislation. Matt Shapiro, National Review, "Conservatives Need More Than Courage," 28 Aug. 2019 While the main floor features an open floor plan, the kitchen, dining room and family room are defined by columns and carefully crafted ceiling treatments., "Property of the Week: 194 Woodpond Road, West Hartford," 16 Aug. 2019 No, development boss says More: Fiat Chrysler wins final city, state approvals for its Jeep plant and related projects And no matter how carefully an incentive is crafted, the foregone revenue of tax breaks has to be made up somewhere. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tax breaks for development provoke controversy and conflicting visions of impact," 30 July 2019 Last month, new evidence emerged suggesting that the citizenship question was crafted specifically to give an electoral advantage to Republicans and whites. Matt Zapotosky, John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asserts executive privilege to shield documents on census citizenship question," 12 June 2019 First, Brown chose not to make the proposal one of her legislative priorities, even after McCall pointed out to one of the governor’s attorneys that the proposal was crafted in direct response to an executive order issued by Brown. oregonlive, "Oregon open records bill dies after governor’s staff privately contradicts her transparency pledge, documents show," 11 Sep. 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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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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