drafts·​man | \ ˈdraf(t)-smən How to pronounce draftsman (audio) , ˈdräf(t)- \

Definition of draftsman

1 : a person who draws plans and sketches (as of machinery or structures)
2 : a person who draws legal documents or other writings
3 : an artist who excels in drawing

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Other Words from draftsman

draftsmanly \ ˈdraf(t)-​smən-​lē How to pronounce draftsmanly (audio) , ˈdräf(t)-​ \ adjective
draftsmanship \ ˈdraf(t)-​smən-​ˌship How to pronounce draftsmanship (audio) , ˈdräf(t)-​ \ noun

Examples of draftsman in a Sentence

Her use of color is not outstanding, but she is a first-rate draftsman.
Recent Examples on the Web Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute points out how computerized spreadsheets and accounting, word processors, and graphics programs have crimped employment for accountants, typists, and draftsmen. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Andrew Yang, Snake Oil Salesman," 18 Oct. 2019 Delsarte, for example, is an outstanding colorist and draftsman whose works in the show – a painting and a drawing from the Davis collection – focus on dreamlike images of young black women. Steven Litt, cleveland, "‘Seen Unseen’ exhibit at Artists Archives in Cleveland highlights African-American artists, known and unknown," 20 Oct. 2019 Anna’s father, Steven Birnie, was the Kampen city draftsman and an art tutor between 1827 and 1848. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Research Reveals Vincent Van Gogh’s Artistic Governess," 1 Oct. 2019 Gabe earned a decent living as a draftsman and freelance photographer. cleveland.com, "NEXT:," 24 Sep. 2019 Scotch grew up in Connecticut, the daughter of an unskilled draftsman and a homemaker. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s middle class is getting crushed — does anyone care?," 30 Aug. 2019 The early galleries, focused on the work that won him comfort and renown as a commercial illustrator, plus private, often homoerotic drawings, demonstrate a gifted draftsman at work. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Andy Warhol 'A to B’ comes to Art Institute Chicago, the first big retrospective in decades," 23 Oct. 2019 After his honorable discharge from the service, he was employed as a draftsman by the Factory Insurance Association. courant.com, "Francis Vesci," 30 Sep. 2019 Having served as a draftsman as a teenager, Ocasek was a prolific drawer over the course of his life. Ashley Iasimone, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dies at 75," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of draftsman

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Draftsman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draftsman. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of draftsman

: a person whose job is to make drawings that will be used to make machines, buildings, etc.
: someone who writes an official or legal document (such as a law) based on the ideas that have been officially discussed
: an artist who draws well


drafts·​man | \ ˈdrafts-mən How to pronounce draftsman (audio) \

Legal Definition of draftsman

: a person who prepares or composes legal or legislative documents

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draftsmanship noun

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