drafts·​man ˈdraf(t)-smən How to pronounce draftsman (audio)
: a person who draws plans and sketches (as of machinery or structures)
: a person who draws legal documents or other writings
: an artist who excels in drawing
ˈdraf(t)-smən-lē How to pronounce draftsman (audio)
draftsmanship 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 Her father, Michael Longchamp, was 39 that summer, working as a draftsman at an architectural firm. Ellen Barry Hilary Swift, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Lotus founder Colin Chapman ordered Team Lotus draftsman Geoff Ferris to come up with a design for a Group 7 racer. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 During my art studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, our instructor, the acclaimed artist and master draftsman Howard Warshaw, used Montblanc’s largest fountain pen as his preferred tool for drawing. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 July 2023 Born in Nashville, raised in Memphis, mother was a microbiologist, father was an architectural draftsman. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, 11 May 2022 Henry Koch, then a draftsman at Mygatt and Schmidtner, was responsible for designing the lions out front. Genevieve Redsten, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2023 Noseda’s father was an electrical draftsman for an Italian energy company and, influentially on young Gianandrea, an amateur chorusmaster. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 Arthur was a meticulous draftsman. Mattie Kahn, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 Matthew, 47, is a draftsman and trucker. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of draftsman was in 1663

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“Draftsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draftsman. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


drafts·​man ˈdraf(t)s-mən How to pronounce draftsman (audio)
: a person who draws plans (as for machinery)
draftsmanship noun

Legal Definition


drafts·​man ˈdrafts-mən How to pronounce draftsman (audio)
: a person who prepares or composes legal or legislative documents
draftsmanship noun

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