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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Dwight was also a Korean War Veteran, EMT, Firefighter, legendary crane operator, leather craftsman and motorcycle enthusiast., "Dwight H. Slocum Sr.," 22 Aug. 2019 The Long Barrack was constructed by Spanish craftsmen and indigenous people of the Mission San Antonio de Valero. Scott Huddleston,, "Alamo’s oldest wall being studied in ‘unprecedented’ digs," 13 Aug. 2019 One of Europe’s most stunning medieval castles soars above Harburg, a village of 6,000 farmers and craftsmen. National Geographic, "Castles, vineyards, and fairy-tale villages: Drive the Romantic Road," 14 Aug. 2019 Back in town, take a stroll through Petit France, the historic district where the city’s craftsmen once lived. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 Colson Whitehead, craftsman of beauty from the raw material of American pain, has chosen to acknowledge the school’s century of untold agony in his new novel, The Nickel Boys. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Colson Whitehead, American Escape Artist," 30 July 2019 As craftsmen's incomes vanished and as their jobs were replaced by machines, poorer nutrition meant that people grew shorter by the generation. Carl Benedikt Frey For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The robot revolution is here. Prepare for workers to revolt," 26 July 2019 The latest nomination pointed to Eastmoreland’s colonial, Tudor and English cottage revival homes, along with American-style bungalows and craftsman designs., "Eastmoreland nomination to National Register of Historic Places denied a third time," 22 July 2019 Ruth and Debbie could be just two odd-couple sides of the same coin, the brunet craftsman with highbrow directorial aspirations and her blond producer pal working cocktail meetings with slithery moneymen. Darren Franich,, "GLOW's Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are one of the best TV duos of the decade — here's why," 19 July 2019

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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 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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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