craft

noun
\ˈkraft \

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

b : aircraft

c : spacecraft

craft

verb
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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Other Words from craft

Verb

crafter \ˈkraf-tər \ noun

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Noun

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

Friday night’s kick-off activities included a cardboard canoe race, river crafts, face painting, a light bright board where kids made images with glowing sticks and a miniature obstacle course. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Saturday fireworks planned as Yorkville River Fest celebrates on and near the water," 14 July 2018 Highlights include bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, along with cooked mealworm larvae in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 The craft-beer boom extends beyond the city limits. Lara Korte, WSJ, "New York Sees Boom in Craft Breweries, With More on Tap," 12 July 2018 Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Vintage goods, clothing, jewelry, furniture, arts and crafts, as well as live music, food trucks and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. SFChronicle.com, "Events listings," 12 July 2018 But the buildings remained, folks here lovingly restored them and kept them up, and now Port Townsend is sold as a place to come see arts and crafts and enjoy a slew of summer festivals. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Port Townsend, Washington: Victorian paradise in the Pacific Northwest," 12 July 2018 Let’s kick this off: Argentina: Patagonia It’s considered a craft-beer version of the national beer Quilmes, according to Authentic Food Quest, and that sounds like a decent way to choose. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "World Cup 2018: Virtual beer crawl among the knockout-stage teams," 28 June 2018 Ultrarunner Max King: Smoky Gin and Tonic Max King lives in the craft-beer paradise of Bend, Oregon, but his summer cocktail of choice is a slight spin on the gin and tonic. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Summer Cocktails," 27 June 2018 Offerings include cooking, arts and crafts, culture, dance, STEM, Legos and sports. Christina Hyder, Howard County Times, "Keeping cool at local pools on the hot days of summer [North Laurel/Savage]," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The creations will keep the kids crafting and chasing the next gust till sundown. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 Now, Midwesterners will learn all about crafting the French tuck, the art of avocado toast, and the power of facing your emotional demons — all courtesy of the Fab Five's wise ways. refinery29.com, "Queer Eye Season 3 Will Tackle A Whole New Part Of America," 13 July 2018 The limits on Kushner's intelligence access could complicate his ability to manage a portfolio that includes meeting with foreign leaders on Trump's behalf and crafting a Middle East peace plan. Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Limits still remain on security clearance for Trump son-in-law Kushner," 13 July 2018 Christina Tung took up crafting—the longtime fashion publicist recalled saving beads as a child and, struck by a whim, got to wrapping a few from her collection in gold wire. Monica Kim, Vogue, "SVNR’s Colorful Keepsake Earrings Turn Forgotten Objects Into Chic Mementos," 13 July 2018 The building also will include a unique variety of Klement's sausage crafted especially for the Bucks, and an array of MillerCoors products and local craft beers. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Women were weaker, likely to be exhausted by too much education or work, but more moral and spiritually pure, and such attributes were best suited to crafting a sanctuary-like home for one’s family. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 But Epic seems to recognize that Fortnite has a larger, more grand road ahead of it that involves crafting large, communal narratives and shared social experiences. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The future of Fortnite may look a lot like Playground mode," 11 July 2018 After retiring, Bob relocated to Florida continuing his love of woodworking by crafting items for family and friends. courant.com, "Robert R. Boissonneault," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of craft

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craft

Noun

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength

Verb

see craft entry 1

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The first known use of craft was before the 12th century

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craft

noun

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

crafts : objects made by skillful use of the hands

craft

verb

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

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

craft

noun
\ˈkraft \

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

craft

verb
crafted; crafting

Kids Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce with care or skill

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