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carpenter

[kahr-puh n-ter] /ˈkɑr pən tər/
noun
1.
a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
verb (used without object)
2.
to do carpenter's work.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make by carpentry.
4.
to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
Origin of carpenter
1275-1325
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
Related forms
uncarpentered, adjective

Carpenter

[kahr-puh n-ter] /ˈkɑr pən tər/
noun
1.
John Alden, 1876–1951, U.S. composer.
2.
(Malcolm) Scott, 1925–2013, U.S. astronaut and oceanographer.
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  • It is another brother of his, who follows the trade of carpenter.

    Little Daffydowndilly Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The carpenter Andrew would like to speak to you, Mrs. Ritter, if it will not disturb you too much.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • If you will tell me what you have to say to the carpenter, I will let you go.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • For all that, I know very well what a treasure I possess in Andrew the carpenter.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • The colonel threw his cloak about his shoulders, and hastened down to the carpenter's.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for carpenter

carpenter

/ˈkɑːpɪntə/
noun
1.
a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
verb
2.
(intransitive) to do the work of a carpenter
3.
(transitive) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French, from Latin carpentārius wagon-maker, from carpentum wagon; of Celtic origin

Carpenter

/ˈkɑːpɪntə/
noun
1.
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 and History for carpenter
n.

"wood-worker," c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius "wagon (maker)," from Latin carpentum "wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart," from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad "carriage"), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).

Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally "tree-wright." German Zimmermann "carpenter" is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar "wood for building, timber," cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.

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