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[krafts-muh n, krahfts-] /ˈkræfts mən, ˈkrɑfts-/
noun, plural craftsmen.
a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft; artisan.
an artist.
Origin of craftsman
1325-75; Middle English craftes man man of skill, earlier craftman; compare Old English cræftiga craftsman, workman (derivative of cræftig crafty)
Related forms
craftsmanlike, adjective
craftsmanly, adjective
craftsmanship, noun
1. artificer, handicraftsman.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for craftsman
  • There is a shortage of skilled engineers, skilled tradesman, skilled craftsman of all sorts.
  • Only a really skilled craftsman could have made such an object, my children were told.
  • The latest theory proposes that the craftsman should thank the sun's rays--or lack thereof.
  • Hot coals glowed in a dark interior, where a craftsman was bent over an anvil hammering silver.
  • The master craftsman knows his or her materials and utilizes many techniques to best serve the problem or project at hand.
  • Noticed one difference was the huge number of small craftsman-type businesses here.
  • They did whatever had to be done--on the farm, in the household, in the craftsman's shop.
  • But no craftsman or professional can be completely uninterested in seeing how he measures up against past standards of excellence.
  • From a craftsman's point of view, that book is an extraordinary achievement.
  • But every session is different, and every craftsman knows that there's a tool for every job.
British Dictionary definitions for craftsman


noun (pl) -men
a member of a skilled trade; someone who practises a craft; artisan
Also called (fem) craftswoman. an artist skilled in the techniques of an art or craft
Derived Forms
craftsmanlike, adjective
craftsmanly, adjective
craftsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for craftsman

mid-14c., craftes man, from genitive of craft (n.) + man (n.1). Written as one word from late 14c. Old English had cræftiga in this sense. Related: Craftsmanship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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