\ 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
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 crafter (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for craft

Synonyms: Noun

art, handcraft, handicraft, trade

Synonyms: Verb

cast, compose, draft, draw up, formulate, frame, prepare

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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


the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times borrowed a craft to get across the river


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

Head to Avon, home of Shurtech Brands (maker of Duck Tape), where everything at this unique event– parade floats, sculptures, crafts and fashions – is made from duct tape., "12 things to do in Cleveland on Father’s Day weekend," 15 June 2019 Helen enjoyed crafts and playing cards as well as spending time with her family., "Helen G. Kessler," 15 June 2019 The organization brings art classes into places like schools and community centers, and also sells artwork and crafts made by students. Christina Tkacik,, "To commemorate Juneteenth, Alveda King takes 'freedom tour' of Maryland," 15 June 2019 To maximize his ability long-term, Williamson will gradually need to expand his skill set in a way that relies less on his explosiveness and more on craft. Jeremy Woo,, "2019 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2019 Ashtyn and her family spent five days learning about the dolphins, swimming with them, and doing interactive arts and crafts that offered the ability to exercise her body and her social skills in a guided and monitored environment. Austen Erblat,, "Teen with cerebral palsy benefits from five days of dolphin-assisted therapy," 14 June 2019 The key to a starshade's success would be formation flying between two crafts 25,000 miles away from each other. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Wants to Block Out Distant Stars with the Craziest Flying Formation Ever," 14 June 2019 The paramilitary force is equipped to swarm hostile vessels with fast boats armed with torpedoes and short-range missiles and small patrol craft equipped with machine guns and rocket launchers. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "U.S., Iran Trade Accusations in Wake of Tanker Attacks," 14 June 2019 Where: Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Details: Juneteenth Freedom Festival Event features live music from The City and LT & the Zydeco Mob, food trucks, a kids’ zone, concessions and crafts. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Juneteenth events, Father’s Day," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Maine Municipal Association is working with cities and towns in the state to craft rules that work best for them, said Eric Conrad, spokesman for the association. Patrick Whittle,, "Maine is legalizing weed, but where will you be able to buy it?," 16 June 2019 Last year, after her kids' lemonade stand was shut down, one Denver woman pushed local lawmakers to craft legislation legalizing it. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Texas officially legalizes kids' lemonade stands," 12 June 2019 McStay ran a business that sold indoor water features, and often hired Merritt, a welder, to craft the custom pieces. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Riverside County man found guilty in McStay family murders," 10 June 2019 Clearly, there is merit in the ability to craft compromise between opposing viewpoints in order to produce an effective result. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 Now, each of the two superpowers appears to be crafting new economic weapons to aim at the other. Kate Conger, New York Times, "China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban," 8 June 2019 Meanwhile, here’s how to craft the perfect wine-tasting day trip to Lodi’s wine country. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, "California wine country: 4 great Lodi wineries," 6 June 2019 In the summer of 2016, Robinson and Fabiani met with the district’s superintendent and reading specialists to craft an after-school homework program to help elementary school kids complete their assignments with confidence. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Thanks to a school custodian, Ambler students are getting the homework help they need," 6 June 2019 After a stray bullet struck pregnant 24-year-old Kami Gilstrap on federal land near Buckeye last year, officials vowed to craft a plan to prevent a similar tragedy. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Solution for shooting on BLM land that killed pregnant woman: More shooting ranges," 6 June 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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