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 Six houses will be included in this year’s celebration of homes, from the very earliest built in 1748 to the charming picture perfect 1930 craftsman style cape., 3 Sep. 2021 Michael is a master craftsman who works in glass out of his studio in Arizona. Jordan Runtagh,, 16 Aug. 2021 Each console is handmade by a single craftsman at Symbol Audio and requires around 100 hours of painstaking work. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 July 2021 Her father worked in resin manufacturing and was a craftsman on the side, while her mother was a homemaker. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 7 July 2021 The art’s personal anguish and social tensions both dissolve into a mist of let’s-pretend; this van Gogh is less an artist than a craftsman of other worlds. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 June 2021 Your ancient ancestor was a particularly great berserker in a skirmish against bandits on the trading route, or an exceptional craftsman of weapons. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 28 June 2021 As someone who’s made instruments in a corporate setting and as an independent craftsman, Medley said the hands-on benefits of the project are tremendous. al, 10 June 2021 Skilled craftsman, Trương Văn Đạo, built his son a fully functional mini Lamborghini Sian out of wood to give him the feel of a $3.7 million hypercar at a fraction of the cost. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 June 2021

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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 20 Sep. 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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