a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
verb (used without object)
to do carpenter's work.
verb (used with object)
to make by carpentry.
to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin carpentārius wainwright, equivalent to Latin carpent(um) two-wheeled carriage (< Celtic; compare Old Irish carpad chariot) + -ārius -ary; see -er2

uncarpentered, adjective
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carpenter (ˈkɑːpɪntə)
1.  a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
2.  (intr) to do the work of a carpenter
3.  (tr) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
[C14: from Anglo-French, from Latin carpentārius wagon-maker, from carpentum wagon; of Celtic origin]

Carpenter (ˈkɑːpɪntə)
John Alden. 1876--1951, US composer, who used jazz rhythms in orchestral music: his works include the ballet Skyscrapers (1926) and the orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1915)

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Word Origin & History

early 14c. (attested from 1121 as a surname), from O.N.Fr. carpentier (O.Fr. charpentier), from L.L. (artifex) carpentarius "wagon (maker)," from L. carpentum "two-wheeled carriage, cart," from Gaul., from O.Celt. *carpentom (cf. O.Ir. carpat, Gael. carbad "carriage"), probably related to Gaul. karros
(see car). Replaced O.E. treowwyrhta. First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.
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Carpenter definition

an artificer in stone, iron, and copper, as well as in wood (2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chr. 14:1; Mark 6:3). The tools used by carpenters are mentioned in 1 Sam. 13:19, 20; Judg. 4:21; Isa. 10:15; 44:13. It was said of our Lord, "Is not this the carpenter's son?" (Matt. 13:55); also, "Is not this the carpenter?" (Mark 6:3). Every Jew, even the rabbis, learned some handicraft: Paul was a tentmaker. "In the cities the carpenters would be Greeks, and skilled workmen; the carpenter of a provincial village could only have held a very humble position, and secured a very moderate competence."

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