crafts·​man ˈkraf(t)s-mən How to pronounce craftsman (audio)
plural craftsmen
: a person and especially a man who practices a trade or handicraft as a job
The router offers a wide range of speeds and is designed for the cabinetmaker, solid surface fabricator and other craftsmen.Wood & Wood Products
: a person and especially a man who is skilled in a craft (see craft entry 1 sense 2a)
… a genuine craftsman with an ear for dialogue and, more importantly, an understanding of the human heart.Wes Lukowsky
craftsmanlike adjective
craftsmanly adjective
craftsmanship noun

compare craftsperson, craftswoman

Examples of craftsman in a Sentence

Skilled craftsmen carved the enormous mantel. He is a master craftsman who works with marble. As a writer he has developed into a true craftsman.
Recent Examples on the Web Yamamoto is a craftsman, a long-term visitor from Japan who has been working with Zildjian to design prototypes. James Sullivan,, 19 Sep. 2023 This piece specifically was handwoven by a small family of craftsmen in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Anna Tingley, Variety, 21 Aug. 2023 Today, 90-year-old Eraldo Asin is at the helm of his family’s company,in the third generation of craftsmen to do so. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 19 Aug. 2023 Kim presented Putin with a carbine made by Korean craftsmen and other gifts, the Kremlin spokesman said. Mikhail Klimentov, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 What’s more, we’re surrounded by talented craftsmen, artists, visual artists, sound engineers, technicians, writers, and so on. Laure Guilbault, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 Individual furniture craftsmen, as well as larger factories and outlet stores, can be found in and around the High Point area. Lynn Brown, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2023 The fully off-grid home combines craftsman, eclectic, and modern architectural styles to create a simultaneously comfortable and utilitarian dwelling, with a hint of luxury in its top-quality materials and furnishings. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 9 Aug. 2023 Darb, along with some of the nearby pottery workshops run for decades by local craftsmen and some nearby housing, would have to go. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of craftsman was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Craftsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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crafts·​man ˈkraf(t)-smən How to pronounce craftsman (audio)
: one who practices a trade or handicraft : artisan
: a highly skilled worker
craftsmanship noun

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