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[kahr-puh n-tree] /ˈkɑr pən tri/
the trade of a carpenter:
He earned his living at carpentry.
the work produced by a carpenter.
the way in which something, especially a work of literature, is structured.
Origin of carpentry
1350-1400; Middle English carpentrie < Old North French < Latin carpentāria (fabrica) carriage-maker's (workshop). See carpenter, -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Lantern also is of English oak, and its construction a curious piece of carpentry.

    Ely Cathedral Anonymous
  • There is no trade which offers such a useful field as carpentry.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • He came to this country from England in 1803, and worked at his trade of carpentry.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • It is used in joinery, as in door-frames, but not in carpentry.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • The carpentry instructor; A taint of Hinduism; he retains his pigtail.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • After tea, he went to the shed to his carpentry or his woodcarving.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • "Introduction to the Mechanical Principles of carpentry," 1827.

British Dictionary definitions for carpentry


the art or technique of working wood
the work produced by a carpenter; woodwork
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Word Origin and History for carpentry

late 14c., carpentrie, from Old French carpenterie, charpenterie "carpentry" (Modern French charpenterie), from Latin carpentaria (fabrica) "carriage-maker's (workshop);" see carpenter.

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