\ 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

Name of the craft: Miss Okeechobee, seemingly based in Okeechobee, Fla. There is no name listed for winning the trophy in 1927 and ’28. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boat racers take aim at trophy with a tale," 13 Sep. 2019 To be an actor is to be a waiter, some pursuers of the craft might say. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Before She Waited Tables as Rachel Green, Jennifer Aniston Also Waitressed in NYC for Years," 4 Sep. 2019 In the labor, in the honing of the craft, in the patience for the always circling muse. Matt Wake |, al, "In memory of a songwriter’s songwriter and Muscle Shoals music icon," 30 Aug. 2019 And its new Orion spacecraft will be equipped with a radiation-sensing instrument that will alert astronauts to a spike in radiation — so the crew can move to the middle of the craft and shield themselves with bags of supplies. NBC News, "A trip to Mars could cause brain damage. Here's how NASA aims to protect astronauts.," 28 Aug. 2019 Christie was most recently the director of craft and luxury spirits for Young's Market Company distributing. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the masterminds behind UnderTow open a train-themed cocktail bar," 21 Aug. 2019 He could be seen working on parts of his craft during practice, including run blocking. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Preview: Marina looks to bounce back from Big 4 League debut," 17 Aug. 2019 For fall, classics get cool with nonchalant attitude and a bit of craft. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 Both exhibits will feature world class practitioners of the craft., "World class origami experts descend on Portland for Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA 2019 Conference," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Measuring 19 inches by 14 inches, and available in seven thicknesses, these hypoallergenic and machine washable portable pillows are crafted for each individual consumer based on body sizes and sleep positions. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 3 Sep. 2019 Much of the art was as intellectual as it was meticulously crafted, such as Brian Turnbough’s rendering of a man floating among geometrical shapes and below a hole or perhaps a portal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eighth annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge draws thousands to downtown San Diego," 1 Sep. 2019 There were too many things that have been crafted in a certain way. Chris Jones,, "As the musical ‘The Band’s Visit’ heads out on the road, a dilemma: Duplicate the Tony winner or create something new?," 29 Aug. 2019 The four were crafted so that two would be considered high-performance, while two were considered lower; tests without headshots showed that each pair had ratings that were statistically indistinguishable from each other. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Investment managers don’t understand how to rate funds managed by black people," 13 Aug. 2019 Weaving together sound, narrative, history, and actual instruments, this exhibit focuses on musical instruments as crafted art objects with diverse histories, in addition to objects that create beautiful sounds. Judy Morley,, "Coming Attractions: Classic Orson Welles movie ‘The Third Man’ to be shown at Arts Center," 7 Aug. 2019 Mayor Mark Mitchell, who served on the council when the deal was first crafted in 2007, and Councilwoman Robin Arredondo-Savage were absent. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe approves tax break on downtown development despite residents' concerns," 28 June 2019 The brand makes four award-winning varieties: the blonde ale and pale ale are gluten-free, and the session ale and IPA are crafted to remove gluten. Brierley Horton,, "8 Best Gluten-Free Beers You'll Want to Stock Up On," 27 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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