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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then Lemuel Cox, a Medford shipwright, planned and built a successful bridge in 1786.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • And when you want to buy a ship, the shipwright or the pilot would be better?

    The Republic Plato
  • There was once a shipwright, and he wrought in a Government Yard, and his name was Chips.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • Soon my father found a man who had some skill in the shipwright's craft, and brought him to our place from Saltfleet.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
  • Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • "Little on this side the river, but much on the other," said the shipwright.

    With the Black Prince William Osborn Stoddard
  • “Ay, the Bonaventure,” remarked the shipwright, meditatively.

  • In all ages a great ship is a great wonder, representing for the time the final triumph of the shipwright's art.

    The Age of Erasmus P. S. Allen
  • However, he reported later that the shipwright had returned.

British Dictionary definitions for shipwright


an artisan skilled in one or more of the tasks required to build vessels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shipwright

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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