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

Definition of craftsman

1 : a person and especially a man who practices a trade or handicraft as a job The router offers a wide range of speeds and is designed for the cabinetmaker, solid surface fabricator and other craftsmen.Wood & Wood Products
2 : a person and especially a man who is skilled in a craft (see craft entry 1 sense 2a) … a genuine craftsman with an ear for dialogue and, more importantly, an understanding of the human heart.— Wes Lukowsky

— compare craftsperson, craftswoman

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.
Recent Examples on the Web What to drink Just one master cooper, a skilled craftsman who designs wine barrels, is based in the United States. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2022 Built in 1910, the residence features custom designer and craftsman details throughout with some high-tech fixtures, while the home's timeless charm is maintained. Glenn Garner,, 17 June 2022 Dwight Womer is a craftsman and furniture repairman. Lyndi Mcnulty, Baltimore Sun, 4 June 2022 The talented, young craftsman recently launched a raffle for one of his handmade bowls — etched with a blue and yellow ring, the colors of Ukraine's flag — to raise money for Ukrainian children. Diane Herbst,, 15 Apr. 2022 This guitar was made by world renowned, Irish guitar, craftsman, Michael O’Leary, but factored into that 20,000 valuation or a number of other variables related to. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 And training is enhanced when a master craftsman — the Takumi — demonstrates the tricks of the trade. Prasad Akella, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 There, Raphaël — a talented craftsman who works with wood — nestles into a tiny homey community and painfully tries to resume something like normal life, despite his harrowing losses. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 19 May 2022 His adviser, Eric Feron, remembered Bayraktar as a dedicated craftsman and an observant Muslim, with a passion for youth education. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of craftsman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Craftsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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