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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Recent Examples on the Web The four-bedroom home pays homage to the city with its sleek industrial craftsman style. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "HGTV's $1.5 Million Smart Home for 2020 is Located in Pittsburgh," 24 Apr. 2020 Or a style with a classic silhouette and backrest that adds to the craftsman look. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "How to Design a Classic Kitchen That Will Stand the Test of Time," 16 Mar. 2020 Jews could practice their religion openly — and built glorious synagogues (some still active today), with the help of some of the same craftsmen who built the city’s churches. Howard Husock, National Review, "Bernie Sanders, the Defense Budget, and the Lessons of Venice," 14 Jan. 2020 In addition to the many craftsmen, several Ellicott City authors will be on hand to sign their books, including Shelley Wygant with her popular book of Ellicott City ghost stories. Janet Kusterer,, "Mostly Main: Holiday train gardens chugging into Ellicott City," 26 Nov. 2019 The German craftsmen who built the pyramid said the useful life of the pyramid will span generations. Kelly Kazek |, al, "Alabama city’s stunning Christmas pyramid is largest in U.S.," 14 Nov. 2019 How did the first craftsman know where to lodge the quiet snore of gears? Grant Segall,, "Cleveland Arts Prize mid-career winner Mary Biddinger writes wry poems and champions U. Akron press," 19 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Some online retailers, however, prefer to strike out on their own, like the craftsmen of old. The Economist, "Shopify and the return of the merchant class," 31 Aug. 2019 Just a stone’s throw away from Lady Bird Lake, amid Austin’s lively Second Street District, a craftsman-style hotel designed by is officially open for business. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Austin's Coolest New Kelly Wearstler-Designed Hotel," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of craftsman

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Craftsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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