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.

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Bloom was a supremely talented draftsman, matching old masters line for line. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 After working at a draftsman in Orange County, Ruiz enrolled at Cal State L.A. to major in engineering but quickly found himself on academic probation. Gustavo Arellano, latimes.com, "Raul Ruiz, journalist and activist for the Chicano movement in L.A., dies at 78," 15 June 2019 According to family lore, Stewart was the only experienced draftsman in a committee of three men appointed by President Mirabeau B. Lamar to develop a flag to symbolize Texan independence, The News reported in 2003. Sarah Hui, Dallas News, "Is the Texas flag design stolen from the Chilean national flag? Curious Texas investigates," 27 June 2019 This will lead to semi-professional jobs between doctors and nurses, between lawyers and paralegals, between architects and draftsman. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Globots and telemigrants: The new language of the future of work," 14 June 2019 Bob retired from General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton CT after 23 years of service as a marine draftsman and previously worked for many years at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis MO. courant.com, "Robert John Menhart," 1 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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