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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.
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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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.

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