\ 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 Pokémon hunt and craft will run from Aug. 18 to Aug. 28, every weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 pm., "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 7 Aug. 2020 Major changes for the festival on Oct. 9 to 11 include the cancellation of the carnival and craft show, organizers said. Beacon-news Staff,, "Pandemic brings changes to Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles," 7 Aug. 2020 The discount applies to general merchandise, including school and craft supplies, toys, games, sporting goods, housewares, apparel and electronics. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Kroger offering teacher, parent discounts through September," 6 Aug. 2020 Burger loves the simplicity and craft of Japanese design, so Dunbar created a design with an engawa, which is an extension of the house into the outdoors. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Less Is More: How a Berkeley Couple Turned Their Tiny Home into a Creative Haven," 3 Aug. 2020 The space is shrine to the history and craft of stage magic. José Mandojana, Popular Mechanics, "How a Legendary Magician Builds the World's Greatest Illusions," 2 Aug. 2020 Mexico is the holy grail for a wide array of craft and artisanal spirits, yet most Americans have only heard of tequila and mezcal. Tyler Zielinski, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Mexico’s Regional, Must-Try Spirits—And Where to Find Them," 31 July 2020 Since his business has grown, Cauthen has brought on a team of carpenters that are indicative of the strong resurgence of craft in the South Carolina city. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Charleston Woodworker Makes Gorgeous Tables From Reclaimed Beams," 14 July 2020 While the online event will not feature the typical food and craft booths, the website will include access to the websites of artisans and the ability to purchase fair clothing. oregonlive, "Oregon Country Fair to offer virtual 3D experience while festival is canceled for coronavirus," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another Council delegate, Nathaniel Brown, also has plans to craft legislation to ensure the tribe's LGBTQ+ members are not discriminated against. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation enacts annual first Pride Week," 8 Aug. 2020 Groups in the cohort get guidance on how to craft internal frameworks to build equity and eliminate racial bias through meaningful policy changes, Hawkins said. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "With new $500,000 grant, racial equity and healing group sees chance to expand mission in Dallas," 3 Aug. 2020 Many people will craft creative leftover concoctions out of what doesn't get consumed during the feast, or just head back for a whole second act. Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, "25 Best Thanksgiving Trivia Facts to Impress Your Friends This Holiday," 22 July 2020 Goodyear Rubber Works craft her a custom pair of latex gloves. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 How did lead singer David Byrne craft those crazy lyrics? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Uber needed to buy Postmates," 7 July 2020 For years, Barton has worked behind the scenes to craft an internet expansion plan for San Antonio. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "How San Antonio plans to tackle the digital divide, expand broadband internet," 12 June 2020 The larger problem, of course, is that federal policymakers have failed to craft a coherent regulatory system for cannabis. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "IT pros indicted after arranging credit card payments for weed startup," 8 July 2020 Kristine McClary is a school nurse in Auburn City Schools and helped craft the plan. al, "Alabama lawmakers push $150 million health plan to state school board," 13 July 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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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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