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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The space took dozens of craftsmen almost three years of working nonstop to complete. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 2018 These idyllic surroundings, a three-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney, serve as a postcard-perfect backdrop for Nusa Indah, the surfboard atelier McNeil founded in conjunction with a couple of expert craftsmen. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Nusa Indah’s Covetable Custom Surfboards Bring Art to the Ocean," 3 Aug. 2018 However, after an 18-month-long renovation with the help of a team of craftsmen and restoration specialists, Degnan Design Group made this house look brand new. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Dramatic Renovation That Makes Us Green With Envy," 10 Sep. 2015 Turquoise mining would eventually explode, and sometime after 1880, the US Geological Survey reports, a white trader persuaded a Navajo craftsman to make turquoise and silver jewelry using coin silver. Alexandra Mondalek, Vox, "Fake turquoise jewelry is hurting Native Americans economically," 24 Oct. 2018 Lara, who lives and trains in Houston, is a craftsman in the ring, using skills learned as a member of the Cuban National team. Bob Velin, USA TODAY, "Erislandy Lara vs. Jarrett Hurd: 154-pound title unification bout a contrast in styles," 6 Apr. 2018 More than 140 artists and craftsmen, local musicians, food and drink vendors. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 For Kate’s ring, the Queen gifted William with the gold and an expert craftsman, unnamed by the palace but likely to be the Crown Jeweler Harry Collins, was tasked with fashioning the nugget into a piece for her. Dave Quinn,, "Palace Confirms Prince Harry Will Wear a Wedding Band Even Though William Does Not," 18 May 2018 Pearce, in his feature directing debut, proves himself a solid craftsman, with a gift for giving even derivative story elements a nerve-jangling tweak. Justin Chang,, "Jessie Buckley flirts with danger in the tense, uneven British thriller 'Beast'," 10 May 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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