crafts·​man | \ ˈkraf(t)s-mən How to pronounce craftsman (audio) \

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 How to pronounce craftsmanlike (audio) \ adjective
craftsmanly \ ˈkraf(t)s-​mən-​lē How to pronounce craftsmanly (audio) \ adjective
craftsmanship \ ˈkraf(t)s-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce craftsmanship (audio) \ 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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The fate of the 41-year-old craftsman, who first rose to fame on Fixer Upper, and his series might seem up in the air amidst the news. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Here's What Clint Harp Really Thinks of Chip and Joanna Gaines' DIY Network Takeover," 4 May 2019 Yet Orsini and Peduzzi’s goal is not to revive a couture house, but bring new life to it and employ the Italian craftsmen and artisans whose skills might otherwise languish from want of work. Monica Kim, Vogue, "How an Italian-French Duo Is Bringing a Roman Couturier Into the 21st Century," 11 Mar. 2019 If things didn't work out for the squatters, the foundation would try to find buyers among first responders and skilled craftsmen. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Evictions, flipping tarnish effort to turn squatters into homeowners," 26 Apr. 2018 First, skilled craftsmen custom-fabricated complex, movable aluminum armatures, which were then skinned with molded materials, typically foam, to assume their final appearance. Popular Mechanics, "The Original Stop-Motion Imperial Walkers Were a Triumph of Craftsmanship," 13 Mar. 2017 It’s Europe’s longest bridge with buildings that are inhabited, and the people who live above the shops are all local artists or craftsmen. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Cloudlift Cellars 2015 Stratus petit verdot, Yakima Valley, $32: Tom Stangeland is a winemaker and furniture craftsman in South Seattle, building a reputation for crafting wines of structure and depth. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Inside, no expense was spared when decking the home with authentic European features, like ornate mahogany ceilings and fireplaces made by craftsmen in Italy and Greece and a 22-foot-high front door imported from France. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "You'll Never Guess Where This Spanish-Inspired Castle Is Located," 9 Sep. 2015 Operating inside a craftsman home at 4115 S.E. Yamhill St., the day care offered organic food, boasted online about offering yoga and sign language for kids, and even provided after-hours care so parents could occasionally go out for date nights. Brad Schmidt,, "Oregon failed to identify day care owner's checkered past before new allegations," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of craftsman

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of craftsman was in the 13th century

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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 How to pronounce craftsman (audio) \
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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