crafts·man | \ˈkraf(t)s-mən \

Definition of craftsman 

1 : a worker who practices a trade or handicraft

2 : one who creates or performs with skill or dexterity especially in the manual arts jewelry made by European craftsmen

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Other Words from craftsman

craftsmanlike \ˈkraf(t)s-mən-ˌlīk \ adjective
craftsmanly \ˈkraf(t)s-mən-lē \ adjective
craftsmanship \ˈkraf(t)s-mən-ˌship \ noun

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.
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With the grunge clothing, Frulio is both artist and craftsman. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leather jackets custom-made to look worn are sold alongside a kids' play area and drag-racing bikes at Harley anniversary," 6 July 2018 Chefs were just starting to being thought of skilled craftsmen, women and tradespeople, but also thought leaders, influencers, and media icons. Craig Laban,, "Anthony Bourdain: Philly chefs share their memories," 8 June 2018 Between 1840 and 1920, Wabanaki artists and craftsman traveled to Bar Harbor and other seaside communities to sell baskets and other items. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 11 Apr. 2018 This collective of craftsmen has been making furniture, textiles, and clocks since 1855. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 With this mission in mind, the activist brand guarantees that each quality bag is ethically manufactured using fair trade practices in Nepal, meaning the craftsmen and women are paid fair wages and work under suitable conditions. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018 But one thing this enigmatic work makes clear is Wendell Castle’s enduring legacy as a craftsman and artist. Elizabeth Botten, Smithsonian, "Wendell Castle, The Man Who Made Furniture Dance, Dead at 85," 30 Jan. 2018 Kelly worked closely with craftsmen in both Britain and Italy to get as close as possible to the original. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Louis's Christening Dress Has a Fascinating History," 9 July 2018 Its 45-year-old structures, many of which were rotting and porous, have been repaired and improved by Amish craftsmen. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of craftsman

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of craftsman

: a person (especially a man) who makes beautiful objects by hand

: a person (especially a man) who is very skilled at doing something


crafts·man | \ˈkrafts-mən \
plural craftsmen\-mən \

Kids Definition of craftsman

1 : a person who works at a trade or handicraft

2 : a highly skilled worker

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