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craftsman

[krafts-muh n, krahfts-] /ˈkræfts mən, ˈkrɑfts-/
noun, plural craftsmen.
1.
a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft; artisan.
2.
an artist.
Origin of craftsman
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1. artificer, handicraftsman.
Usage note
See -man.
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  • Both were craftsmen in their particular line, and they spoke as equal to equal.

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  • "Unbusinesslike" we have called the devotion of craftsmen and scientists.

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  • But everybody was not a wealthy merchant: most of the citizens were craftsmen of some kind.

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  • The food of the craftsmen in London was, in ordinary times, plentiful and cheap.

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  • The craftsmen had lost their employment—how were they to live?

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British Dictionary definitions for craftsmen

craftsman

/ˈkrɑːftsmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a member of a skilled trade; someone who practises a craft; artisan
2.
Also called (fem) craftswoman. an artist skilled in the techniques of an art or craft
Derived Forms
craftsmanlike, adjective
craftsmanly, adjective
craftsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for craftsmen

craftsman

n.

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.

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