\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \
plural crafts

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, trade, or activity 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 Stone has organized a team of people in the hundreds to make sure the craft is ready for launch next August. Alex Stone, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2021 Three minutes later, the trailing craft will make images of the impact site and material that is ejected. John Antczak, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 This year, many artists and designers whose trademark is meticulous and precise craft also broke away into something more unrestrained. Diana Budds, Curbed, 25 Nov. 2021 Essentially, the craft will hurtle towards an asteroid and slam into it in an attempt to change its course. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 The flight by Blue Origin, the company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third by the New Shepard craft this year to shuttle humans to space. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2021 The craft successfully entered a designated orbit nine minutes after the launch and is set to dock at the station on Friday, hooking up to the new Russian Nauka (Science) laboratory module that was added to the station in July. Fox News, 24 Nov. 2021 The New-York Historical Society draws from the writer’s archive to give an interesting, if incomplete, picture of his process and craft. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2021 The actual director, Ridley Scott, possesses ample style and impressive craft, but at least this time around seems to be lacking the necessary vision or inspiration. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Among Democrats’ chief concerns were the closed-door process Republicans used to craft the maps. cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 Take the time to craft audience-specific copy, and focus on conversions rather than engagement. Katie Jansen, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Time was also on his side as the pandemic gave him unlimited time to craft the album. Chris Gardner, Billboard, 10 Aug. 2021 And as liberal and moderate Democrats struggled for months — unsuccessfully — to reach a budget deal with Malloy, or amongst themselves, in 2017, the Republicans were brought in to craft a bipartisan package. Keith M. Phaneuf,, 9 Aug. 2021 The White House hopes that releasing the new guidelines now will give agencies enough time to craft their own plans for implementation before workers return fully to offices., 30 July 2021 The White House hopes that releasing the new guidelines now will give agencies enough time to craft their own plans for implementation before workers return fully to offices. Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2021 Yes, some of our favorite watering holes have gone away permanently, but many more are reopening, and still others used the time to craft grand plans and start a new place. oregonlive, 27 July 2021 Robinson hasn’t had as much time to craft for herself — one drawback of turning her passion into a business. Lizzy Lawrence,, 13 July 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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28 Nov 2021

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 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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