\ 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 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 Ricci had previously spent several years as president of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, known for upscale, craft brewing. oregonlive, 28 July 2021 That's how much craft store Hobby Lobby paid for an ancient artifact from modern-day Iraq that the Justice Department said illegally came to the US. Aj Willingham, CNN, 28 July 2021 Hobby Lobby planned to display the tablet in its Museum of the Bible, a museum founded by owners of the craft store chain, Steve and Jackie Green. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 After spending many years in stockbroking, McWhirter worked for Green Beverage Company and Adam’s Beverages, serving as craft manager for the local Anheuser-Busch distributor. Ben Flanagan |, al, 27 July 2021 Like Poole, Bouknight is a craft playmaker, active off the ball, and is sometimes overconfident in his shot selection. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 The floor includes an exercise room, a study with a craft room and a guest apartment with a bathroom, living area, kitchen and separate entrance. Dallas News, 24 July 2021 Get ready, hard seltzer fans: A craft seltzery is opening in NuLu. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 24 July 2021 Each participant will decorate craft binoculars and receive a safari hat, keepsake pen and tracking sheet., 23 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her goal was to someday help craft policy from inside the government. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 25 May 2021 Times music critic Mikael Wood wrote of the 18-year-old’s strategic move to craft her first two singles from the same hitmaking ingredients. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Finger helped craft everything from the iconic character's concept and costume to the aspects of Bruce Wayne's backstory that shaped who the character is today. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 26 Nov. 2020 Lewis had helped to craft several of the provisions of the For the People Act, which would have been the greatest overhaul of election laws in a generation. Grace Segers, CBS News, 17 July 2021 As the Obama deputy under secretary, Mr. Kvaal helped craft the gainful employment rule that tried to put for-profit colleges out of business. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 16 July 2021 As a then-proponent of the death penalty, Biden helped craft 1994 laws that added 60 federal crimes for which someone could be put to death, including several that did not cause death. Michael Balsamo, Time, 2 July 2021 As a then-proponent of the death penalty, Biden helped craft 1994 laws that added 60 federal crimes for which someone could be put to death, including several that did not cause death. Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2021 Right now, without research on things like cannabis use and driving, the impacts of second-hand smoke, or the appropriate limits of pesticides used to grow smokable products, lawmakers cannot craft laws based on science and data. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of craft


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


before the 12th 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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31 Jul 2021

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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