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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This craftsmanship of a fine order was as near to art as a man could get with any certainty of making his living.

  • Wickedness, not death, was suggested, but the craftsmanship was faultless.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • Each had made a small pendant, and while the craftsmanship might be amateurish, the general effect was artistic.

  • He was pushing before him a tea-wagon of wonderful design and craftsmanship.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • Right here I should say that there was more than a rivalry of craftsmanship between the Sickles cousins.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for craftsmanship


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 craftsmanship



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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