the trade of a carpenter: He earned his living at carpentry.
the work produced by a carpenter.
the way in which something, especially a work of literature, is structured.

1350–1400; Middle English carpentrie < Old North French < Latin carpentāria (fabrica) carriage-maker's (workshop). See carpenter, -y3 Unabridged
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carpentry (ˈkɑːpɪntrɪ)
1.  the art or technique of working wood
2.  the work produced by a carpenter; woodwork

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., carpentrie, from O.Fr. carpenterie (Fr. charpenterie), from L. carpentaria (fabrica) "carriage-maker's (workshop);" see carpenter.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


the art and trade of cutting, working, and joining timber. The term includes both structural timberwork in framing and items such as doors, windows, and staircases.

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Example sentences
Something smaller and cheaper would do for home repairs, while serious
  carpentry requires something stronger.
Building the obelisk isn't that difficult if you have good tools and basic
  carpentry skills.
And their father taught them carpentry when building the house.
In two months at the camp, they are taught practical skills, such as how to
  start a carpentry business or open a bank account.
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