drafts·​man | \ ˈdraf(t)-smən , 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 \ -​lē \ adjective
draftsmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

Examples of draftsman in a Sentence

Her use of color is not outstanding, but she is a first-rate draftsman.

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But upon closer examination, Mr. Warren said, conservators agreed it was painted by Mr. van Veen, a 16th-century Dutch painter and draftsman who became known for altarpiece decorations and his illustrations for emblem books. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, "A Lost Painting Is Rediscovered. Have You Checked Your Closets Lately?," 5 Apr. 2018 Klimt was a painter, draftsman, mentor and leading figure of the Vienna art and architecture scene. Molly Selvin, latimes.com, "In Vienna, time for creating new memories and revisiting the old," 8 July 2018 Some of the original drawings of the theater's interior are signed by Sullivan's young draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright, who had been hired by the firm in 1888. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Devil's Ball fires up support for Auditorium Theatre," 10 July 2018 Francis was a college graduate and draftsman for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for more than twenty years. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Francis Armand Albrizio," 31 May 2018 Louis Sullivan designed the Wainwright Tomb in Bellefontaine; Frank Lloyd Wright was a draftsman on the project. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Lincoln, lizard mounds, angels, devil’s curses, and junk food magnates: midwestern cemeteries have ’em all," 30 May 2018 His skills as a draftsman, especially in watercolor, obviated any assist from a mechanical device. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting’ Review: An Unclear Creative Influence," 4 July 2018 The retired draftsman, who splits his time between Edmonton, Canada, and Glendale, loves how affordable the charter fishing trips are in Rocky Point compared to Florida and other vacation spots. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Beyond the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico: 6 things to do in Puerto Penasco," 25 June 2018 Captain Boase had been with the men from the drill hall in Dundee and knew Joe’s skill as a draftsman. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of draftsman

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Legal Definition of draftsman

: a person who prepares or composes legal or legislative documents

Other Words from draftsman

draftsmanship noun

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