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 draftsman (audio) , ˈdräf(t)-​ \ adjective
draftsmanship \ ˈdraf(t)-​smən-​ˌship How to pronounce draftsman (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 Eberhard said he was particularly struck by Perttula’s abilities as a draftsman. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Architect Norman Perttula’s buildings helped define the mid-century modern look of Northeast Ohio cities," 17 Jan. 2021 Goltzius, a draftsman of genius, won fame through his engravings. New York Times, "The Lusty Creativity of Cornelis Cornelisz von Haarlem," 13 Jan. 2021 Roger Tofte, then a draftsman for the Oregon State Highway Division, bought the land and started building Enchanted Forest in the mid-1960s. oregonlive, "Beloved Oregon theme park Enchanted Forest struggles to survive pandemic, launches GoFundMe page," 27 Oct. 2020 His father, a draftsman who did project work, had never graduated from high school, nor had his mother, nor did one brother and two sisters who eventually went back to get their GED’s. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "Interview: Thom Tillis says his wayward opponent owes voters an explanation," 8 Oct. 2020 The former Donna Nebinger was the eldest of four children born to Richard Wayne Nebinger, a banker and draftsman, and the former Dorothy Albert, a homemaker. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Donna Young, a science teacher in Baltimore County public high schools for almost 40 years, dies," 23 Aug. 2020 One house that is new to the tour this year is the John A. Klesert House, which was designed by onetime Wright draftsman William Drummond in 1915 (Drummond left Wright’s practice in 1909). Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tour Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes not normally open to the public during the 2020 Wright Plus Housewalk," 13 Mar. 2020 Perl also addresses Calder’s skills as a draftsman and printmaker – two aspects of his oeuvre that are easily overlooked. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Alexander Calder upended the seriousness of art," 17 Apr. 2020 Through most of the 20th century, architectural offices were filled with armies of draftsmen, grease pencils and onionskin paper. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Tech Disruption Can Take Decades—Just Ask Architects," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of draftsman

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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28 Jan 2021

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“Draftsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draftsman. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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

Other Words from draftsman

draftsmanship noun

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