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[ship-rahyt] /ˈʃɪpˌraɪt/
noun, Shipbuilding.
a person who builds and launches wooden vessels or does carpentry work in connection with the building and launching of steel or iron vessels.
Origin of shipwright
before 1100; Middle English; Old English scipwyrhta. See ship1, wright Unabridged
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  • One of the crooks cons the fellow into believing he is a shipwright.
  • Draw a picture of a tool that a shipwright might use.
  • May also do underwater carpentry, steel plating and shipwright's work.
  • He was a shipwright by trade and upon this property he located his ship building business and residence.
British Dictionary definitions for shipwright


an artisan skilled in one or more of the tasks required to build vessels
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Word Origin and History for shipwright

Old English scipwyrhta; see ship (n.) + wright (n.).

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