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[krafts-muh n, krahfts-] /ˈkræfts mən, ˈkrɑfts-/
noun, plural craftsmen.
a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft; artisan.
an artist.
Origin of craftsman
1325-75; Middle English craftes man man of skill, earlier craftman; compare Old English cræftiga craftsman, workman (derivative of cræftig crafty)
Related forms
craftsmanlike, adjective
craftsmanly, adjective
craftsmanship, noun
1. artificer, handicraftsman.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I was beginning to think you were a craftsman, but I believe you're an artist.

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  • He could picture the shining face of craftsman, the Sunday editor, as he read it!

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  • The sun is a pointing finger to the craftsman—a disastrous lure to the ignorant.

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  • Vocational economics is the economics of the craftsman and of the shop.

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  • The reporter did something else which marked him as a craftsman.

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  • What kind of house did the retailer and the craftsman occupy?

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  • It may be, perhaps, a key which some craftsman of Nuremberg fashioned.

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British Dictionary definitions for craftsman


noun (pl) -men
a member of a skilled trade; someone who practises a craft; artisan
Also called (fem) craftswoman. an artist skilled in the techniques of an art or craft
Derived Forms
craftsmanlike, adjective
craftsmanly, adjective
craftsmanship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for craftsman

mid-14c., craftes man, from genitive of craft (n.) + man (n.1). Written as one word from late 14c. Old English had cræftiga in this sense. Related: Craftsmanship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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