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
: 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
: 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 In a bedroom, the rag rug, made by a local craftsperson, echoes the right angles in the mixed-media firescreen by Duncan Grant. WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Get a craftsperson to put sheet rock over the fireplace and add Georgian touches such as moldings to frame a piece of art work and some lovely sconces. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 Every craftsperson has their tools: Composers use notes, costume designers use attire, art directors use props and paint. Lindsay Kusiak, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2023 And a skilled craftsperson may have tacit knowledge of their craft that is never written down. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Mar. 2023 Ruth Colson is a craftsperson living in Hampstead. Lyndi McNulty, Baltimore Sun, 14 Jan. 2023 Each room has a window that opens wide to let in the salty air and the sound of the wind and waves—and thanks to the wood-burning stoves in some rooms and charming quilts (which each bear the name of a local craftsperson), windows can be kept open regardless of the season. David Graver, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2022 Stripped screws are a pain point for the DIY enthusiast and professional craftsperson alike. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 2 Feb. 2023 It’s hand-painted and engraved, requiring 30 hours of work by a craftsperson. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of craftsperson was circa 1917

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“Craftsperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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crafts·​per·​son -ˌspər-sᵊn How to pronounce craftsperson (audio)
: a craftsman or craftswoman
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