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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Wood-paneled walls throughout add coziness, and craftsman-built shelving and banquettes add charm. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern with original bathrooms asks $400K," 20 June 2019 The four-bedroom, six-bathroom manor, inspired by Italian architect Andrea Palladio, took 10 years and 100 craftsmen to complete. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Ann Arbor-area's Dogwood Manor to be auctioned off for minimum $1.6M," 15 June 2019 Then visit a glass-blowing workshop to watch a master craftsman at work. National Geographic, "Italy Family Journey: Venice to Rome," 12 June 2019 Her lone full-time employee is a craftsman who hammers a steady supply of fifty-five-gallon steel oil drums into sheet metal and refashions each one into five small charcoal stoves. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Alas, my sanding of the countertop had been below the craftsman’s standard. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "I Failed the Bar, So I Became a Lawyer," 14 Oct. 2018 Aram implored these craftsmen to show him their handmade pieces instead to highlight their talents, rather than having their work seem mass-produced. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Tour Michael Aram's two stunning homes in India," 12 Mar. 2019 The metal craftsman made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines’s show, Fixer Upper, has been selling his signs and home decor from a 36-foot-long trailer located in a parking lot near the Gaineses’ Magnolia Market. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jimmy Don Holmes Is Getting His Own Store Across from Chip and Joanna's Magnolia Market," 29 Jan. 2019 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

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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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