crafts·​wom·​an ˈkraf(t)s-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce craftswoman (audio)
plural craftswomen
: a woman who practices a trade or handicraft as a job
The … program employs craftsmen and craftswomen who might otherwise be out of work in the current economy. Crews install energy-efficient lighting, fix plumbing problems to conserve water and check for possible electrical hazards.Units
: a woman who is skilled in a craft (see craft entry 1 sense 2a)
… a philosophical treatise on food offered by … a true culinary craftswoman.Heather Weber

compare craftsman, craftsperson

Examples of craftswoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the material collected from the mountains has found its way to indigenous craftswomen of the Tharu community, who are using their traditional skills to transform the garbage into something entirely new. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 26 Feb. 2024 As a craftswoman who draws her art from a source of tenderness, Jewel Williams is prioritizing the preservation of conditions that allowed for the output and clarity that facilitated this journey in the first place. Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 Scott returned to her home country and began exploring the handmade designs of local craftswomen, created mainly for tourists. The Editors, ELLE, 24 July 2023 Made in Ecuador, each hat is handmade by craftswomen in their own homes using traditional techniques that have been identified by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Heidi Wachter, Treehugger, 26 May 2023 Barthélemy also collaborated with Siwa craftswomen on a fashion line, Udjat, that is now sold at the property. Gisela Williams, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2023 These vintage materials are brought to rural parts of Ukraine in the Carpathian Mountains, where craftswomen weave new fabric out of the leftovers. Hazlitt, 22 Mar. 2023 Wickes is a local craftswoman and artist. Lyndi McNulty,, 4 Dec. 2021 In short, Coach Hutch is a master craftswoman. John Baldoni, Forbes, 6 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of craftswoman was in 1568

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Cite this Entry

“Craftswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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crafts·​wom·​an -ˌswu̇m-ən How to pronounce craftswoman (audio)
: a woman who is an artisan
: a woman who is skilled in a craft

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