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[kraft, krahft] /kræft, krɑft/
noun, plural crafts or for 5, 8, craft.
an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill:
the craft of a mason.
skill; dexterity:
The silversmith worked with great craft.
skill or ability used for bad purposes; cunning; deceit; guile.
the members of a trade or profession collectively; a guild.
a ship or other vessel.
a number of ships or other vessels taken as a whole:
The craft were warned of possible heavy squalls.
aircraft collectively.
a single aircraft.
verb (used with object)
to make or manufacture (an object, objects, product, etc.) with skill and careful attention to detail.
before 900; Middle English; Old English cræft strength, skill; cognate with German Kraft, Dutch kracht, Old Norse kraptr
Related forms
craftless, adjective
1. metier. 2. talent, ability. 3. craftiness, shrewdness, deceitfulness, deception. See cunning. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crafts
  • They made also a shallop of canvas and reeds, and in one or the other of these crafts he incessantly boated.
  • Many such verbs are in the vocabularies of the arts and crafts.
  • He designs and then delegates, and crafts the elegant theories that help sell his works for record prices.
  • She also placed a bowl she'd bought at a crafts fair on a coffee table.
  • He started his career in crafts including the decoration of porcelains.
  • People put on street theater performances and organize arts and crafts projects.
  • They had systematically discouraged every effort to organize the various crafts.
  • Other households emphasize sports, or arts and crafts.
  • We wanted to expand on this to marry traditional hand-woven crafts with information technologies.
  • Reusing plastic water bottles for kids' crafts will give children a hands-on lesson in recycling.
British Dictionary definitions for crafts


skill or ability, esp in handiwork
skill in deception and trickery; guile; cunning
an occupation or trade requiring special skill, esp manual dexterity
  1. the members of such a trade, regarded collectively
  2. (as modifier): a craft guild
a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft
(functioning as pl) ships, boats, aircraft, or spacecraft collectively
(transitive) to make or fashion with skill, esp by hand
Word Origin
Old English cræft skill, strength; related to Old Norse kraptr power, skill, Old High German kraft
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Word Origin and History for crafts



Old English cræft, originally "power, physical strength, might," from Proto-Germanic *krab-/*kraf- (cf. Old Frisian kreft, Old High German chraft, German Kraft "strength, skill;" Old Norse kraptr "strength, virtue"). Sense expanded in Old English to include "skill, art, science, talent" (via a notion of "mental power"), which led to the meaning "trade, handicraft, calling." The word still was used for "might, power" in Middle English.

Use for "small boat" is first recorded 1670s, probably from a phrase resembling vessels of small craft and referring either to the trade they did or the seamanship they required, or perhaps it preserves the word in its original sense of "power."


Old English cræftan "to exercise a craft, build," from the same source as craft (n.). Meaning "to make skilfully" is from early 15c., obsolete from 16c., but revived c.1950s, largely in U.S. advertising and commercial senses. Related: Crafted; crafting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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