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[kahr-puh n-ter-ing] /ˈkɑr pən tər ɪŋ/
the trade or work of a carpenter.
Origin of carpentering
1830-40; carpenter + -ing1


[kahr-puh n-ter] /ˈkɑr pən tər/
a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
verb (used without object)
to do carpenter's work.
verb (used with object)
to make by carpentry.
to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin carpentārius wainwright, equivalent to Latin carpent(um) two-wheeled carriage (< Celtic; compare Old Irish carpad chariot) + -ārius -ary; see -er2
Related forms
uncarpentered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for carpentering
  • When his sal ary was not forthcoming lie resorted to bis trade of carpentering to keep the wolf from the door.
  • The best of hobby carpentering or cabinet-making is that you are never quite satisfied with the result yourself.
  • Mario has recovered from his bronchi lis, and amuses himself with carpentering.
British Dictionary definitions for carpentering


a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
(intransitive) to do the work of a carpenter
(transitive) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French, from Latin carpentārius wagon-maker, from carpentum wagon; of Celtic origin


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Word Origin and History for carpentering



"wood-worker," c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius "wagon (maker)," from Latin carpentum "wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart," from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad "carriage"), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).

Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally "tree-wright." German Zimmermann "carpenter" is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar "wood for building, timber," cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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carpentering in the Bible

an artificer in stone, iron, and copper, as well as in wood (2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chr. 14:1; Mark 6:3). The tools used by carpenters are mentioned in 1 Sam. 13:19, 20; Judg. 4:21; Isa. 10:15; 44:13. It was said of our Lord, "Is not this the carpenter's son?" (Matt. 13:55); also, "Is not this the carpenter?" (Mark 6:3). Every Jew, even the rabbis, learned some handicraft: Paul was a tentmaker. "In the cities the carpenters would be Greeks, and skilled workmen; the carpenter of a provincial village could only have held a very humble position, and secured a very moderate competence."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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