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 craftsman (audio) \ adjective
craftsmanly \ ˈkraf(t)s-​mən-​lē How to pronounce craftsman (audio) \ adjective
craftsmanship \ ˈkraf(t)s-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce craftsman (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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Recent Examples on the Web May, a lanky 6-foot-6, 180-pound right-hander with flaming red hair, is not about to morph into a Greg Maddux-like craftsman. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Fireballing Dustin May to adjust quickly to batters that have trouble with the curve," 5 Apr. 2021 John Englund is a local woodwork craftsman from Westminster. Lyndi Mcnulty,, "An Eye for Art: Local craftsman finds beauty in wood," 16 Apr. 2021 Most of all, though, apart from his legendary discipline as a tireless multi-draft-hewing craftsman, Roth’s odysseys — good, bad and ugly — revolved around women. Washington Post, "‘Philip Roth,’ by Blake Bailey, is a colorful, confident and uncompromising biographical triumph," 6 Apr. 2021 While craftsman-level quality is not required and not appropriate in all cases. George Bradt, Forbes, "Knowing When To Deliver Craftsman-Level Quality And Not," 2 Mar. 2021 Luck into a large Midwestern craftsman home a stone’s throw from the palatial campus of Beloit College. Christopher Borrelli,, "‘King-Cat’ cartoonist John Porcellino says he is living the dream in Beloit. His dream, anyway.," 17 Mar. 2021 Born in Venice in 1488, Titian practiced art from a young age, serving as an apprentice to mosaic craftsman Sebastiano Zuccato. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Forgotten Last Supper Scene Linked to Renaissance Master Titian Spent Century Hidden in Plain Sight," 4 Mar. 2021 There’s a range from minimally acceptable to craftsman-level. George Bradt, Forbes, "Knowing When To Deliver Craftsman-Level Quality And Not," 2 Mar. 2021 The program will have a student training opportunity in February, with a master craftsman rehabbing wood windows on one of the houses. Scott Huddleston,, "Pilot program seeks to save historic San Antonio ‘shotgun houses’ and create jobs," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of craftsman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Craftsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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