\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \
plural crafts

Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in planning, making, or executing : dexterity "We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must … win, if win we can, by craft."— Jack London
2a : an occupation, trade, or activity requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill the carpenter's craft the craft of writing plays crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing He learned the craft as an apprentice.
b crafts plural : articles made by craftspeople a store selling crafts a crafts fair
3 : skill in deceiving to gain an end used craft and guile to close the deal
4 : the members of a trade or trade association
5 plural usually craft
a : a boat especially of small size
b : aircraft


crafted; crafting; crafts

Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity She is crafting a new sculpture. a carefully crafted story

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crafter \ ˈkraf-​tər How to pronounce craft (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for craft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power. the art of choosing the right word skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency. the skill of a glassblower cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing. a mystery plotted with great cunning artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature. believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice craft may imply expertness in workmanship. the craft of a master goldsmith

Examples of craft in a Sentence

Noun the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times borrowed a craft to get across the river Verb The furniture is crafted from bamboo. He is crafting a new sculpture. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With public support, a group of drone enthusiasts and engineers built a craft with a ten-foot wingspan and a flight endurance of more than five hours with a cruising speed of around 55 mph. David Hambling, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Much of that lies in his use of Indian artisanal craft. New York Times, 22 June 2022 But for families, dog owners, and friends keen to venture out on the water in one craft, consider a tandem kayak. Chantae Reden, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 Enjoy vintage, antiques, art, craft and just some pretty cool items for sale as well as live music and food trucks. cleveland, 20 June 2022 Except for food and craft vendors from both cities, most everything is free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2022 The $10 billion bipartisan deal Romney helped craft stalled in Congress amid a dispute over immigration policy. Rachel Cohrs, STAT, 18 June 2022 There will be a wide selection of craft and domestic beers plus a variety of bottled wines and other beverages. Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 As a teenager, Selmer did bead weaving, a Native American craft. Lyndi Mcnulty, Baltimore Sun, 18 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whether people want to watch it or vote on it, for now, appears secondary to that desire to craft an official historical record. James Pindell,, 10 June 2022 The current tour, stopping in arenas and amphitheaters, is a testament to Orzabal’s and Smith’s ability to craft artful music, as well as to their onstage chemistry. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 9 June 2022 Here is how to craft a resilient small business sales strategy. Samantha Todd, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Aground is a Mining/Crafting RPG, where there is an overarching goal, story and reason to craft and build. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 May 2022 Alcorn created a community task force whose mission will be to craft a master plan for the Reston area that will include more permanent supportive housing and upgrades to the Embry Rucker emergency shelter. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 29 May 2022 The goal was to craft a form that embodies the qualities encouraged by the content: pithy nuggets demanding careful thought, mental experimentation, and wide-ranging curiosity about morality and psychology. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 But behind the scenes in Washington, quiet work was underway to craft a plan in case all that failed. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 The group says its aim was to craft a proposal free of pressure from special interests that respects the boundaries of the city’s neighborhoods. John Byrne,, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of craft


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craft

Noun and Verb

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength

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“Craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈkraft How to pronounce craft (audio) \

Kids Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in making things especially with the hands
2 : an occupation or trade requiring skill with the hands or as an artist Carpentry is a craft.
3 plural usually craft : a boat especially when of small size
4 plural usually craft : aircraft
5 : skill and cleverness often used to trick people What he lacked in speed … was more than made up for by his craft— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill


crafted; crafting

Kids Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce with care or skill

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