crafts·​per·​son | \ ˈkraf(t)s-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce craftsperson (audio) \
plural craftspeople\ ˈkraf(t)s-​ˌpē-​pəl How to pronounce craftsperson (audio) \ also craftspersons

Definition of craftsperson

1 : a person who practices a trade or handicraft as a job … tailors, bakers, barbers, and other craftspeople provided goods and services to townspeople and visitors alike.— Donna Sheppard
2 : a person who is skilled in a craft (see craft entry 1 sense 2a) She always felt involved with the medium and wished to be a real craftsperson, a good potter.— Sara Hakkert

— compare craftsman, craftswoman

Examples of craftsperson in a Sentence

at the fair you should be able to find a craftsperson who can design and make a 19th-century style sunbonnet
Recent Examples on the Web California, then Kimura, who often gave workshops in Europe, espoused a vision for bonsai that was as vivid, muscular and ego-driven as Modernist painting, recasting the master not as a craftsperson but as an auteur. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Then there is Rick Carlson, who views himself as a craftsperson, the beach as his work bench. Michael Bernick, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 On display is a birchbark canoe made in the traditional Indigenous style by Ms. Gould’s husband, Bill Gould, who is Abenaki, and Reid Schwartz, a local craftsperson. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 2021 Then, Chaisson removed nearly 60 pounds of honeycomb, which was melted down into wax and donated to a local craftsperson. Mallory Hughes, CNN, 11 May 2020 As a craftsperson, Eastwood brings the goods to Richard Jewell. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 10 Dec. 2019 Jayne was an extraordinary homemaker, baker, and craftsperson., 3 Nov. 2019 Or, the craftsperson is semi-skilled and apathetic. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 1 Nov. 2019 Female filmmakers and craftspersons make up 40 percent of the 2020 nominees, a new high for Cinema Eye. Annie Howard, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of craftsperson

circa 1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of craftsperson was circa 1917

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“Craftsperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of craftsperson

: a person who makes beautiful objects by hand : a craftsman or craftswoman


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