\ 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 Bringing such a craft to market would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions. Ashlee Vance,, "Aviation Outsider Builds Supersonic Jet for Transatlantic Flight," 6 Oct. 2020 Reyes Beer Division is the largest beer distributor in the United States representing import, craft and domestic beer brands. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "'It was a difficult decision,' Monarch CEO says about beer distributor's sale," 6 Oct. 2020 Highlights include food and craft vendors, a plant sale and a Scarecrow Contest with registration at Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Assistance League provides back-to-school clothing," 5 Oct. 2020 Held is an appraiser specializing in modern and contemporary art and fine craft. oregonlive, "Gallery sign, daguerreotype have special places in history," 2 Oct. 2020 Williams isn’t the first artist to craft illustrations for the whimsical work. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Venture Down a VR Rabbit Hole With This Free ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Tour," 1 Oct. 2020 Kids can watch actors perform educational skits at eight stations along the trails at this nature center, then take home a treat and craft. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drive-through Halloween displays, flashlight mazes and more to explore near Milwaukee this October," 1 Oct. 2020 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with virtual performances, cooking and craft demonstrations. Star Tribune, "Virtual entertainment picks: Trailer Trash, Black-Eyed Snakes, virtual dance," 1 Oct. 2020 Success at farmers markets led to her raw craft kombucha appearing on retail shelves. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix company delivers local, fermented foods and products to doorsteps amid pandemic," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2008, Lieder chaired the House transportation finance committee and helped craft a $6.6 billion infrastructure plan that promised better roads and bridges. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, "Former Minnesota Rep. Bernie Lieder, a WWII vet and transportation infrastructure advocate, dies at 97," 14 Sep. 2020 The city has been working to craft surveillance oversight ordinances for several months. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mayor orders San Diego’s Smart Streetlights turned off until surveillance ordinance in place," 9 Sep. 2020 Since the show’s inception in the 20th century, designers have worked hand in hand with models, makeup artists, hairstylists, set designers, DJs, and others to craft a theatrical moment. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Carolina Sarria Brings the Community of Fashion Week to an Animal Crossing Show," 3 Sep. 2020 The business community worked with Justice to craft the executive order that mandated face coverings inside public locations when social distancing cannot be observed. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Governor and business community credit West Virginia's mask mandate with coronavirus decline," 26 Aug. 2020 Nine teams will address specific industries and sectors, working to craft solutions in The Southern Beaufort County area to successfully reopen to their community and travelers. James Barrett, Redbook, "Here’s How These Resorts and Destinations Plan to Reopen Post COVID-19," 15 June 2020 The Danish brewing company originally partnered with AleSmith Brewing Company to acquire its brick-and-mortar brewery in San Diego and craft new brews using AleSmith’s 30-barrel brewing system. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Breweries in San Diego," 26 Sep. 2020 Effective immediately, the policy change requires Oregon school districts to craft standards in compliance with it by New Year's Day. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon Department of Education bans Confederate flags from school grounds," 24 Sep. 2020 Ottolenghi puts together a dream of culinary masters (including the guy who invented the cronut) to craft cakes, jellies and more. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix's 'Enola Holmes,' Disney+'s 'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals'," 24 Sep. 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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10 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 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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