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[drafts-muh n, drahfts-] /ˈdræfts mən, ˈdrɑfts-/
noun, plural draftsmen.
a person employed in making mechanical drawings, as of machines, structures, etc.
a person who draws sketches, plans, or designs.
an artist exceptionally skilled in drawing:
Matisse was a superb draftsman.
a person who draws up documents.
draughtsman (def 1).
Also, British, draughtsman (for defs 1–4)
Origin of draftsman
First recorded in 1655-65; draft + 's1 + man1
Related forms
draftsmanship, noun
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The papal legate who arranged the treaty is not to be congratulated on his draftsmanship.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • In draftsmanship and refinement of design these problems are of superior quality.

    Bird Houses Boys Can Build Albert F. Siepert
  • I'm learning a heap about draftsmanship at the Trailer factory.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • Keith had neither aptitude nor interest for draftsmanship, being curiously set toward the written word.

    The Soul of a Child Edwin Bjorkman
  • Years ago a student, William Sidney Pittman, showed a particular aptitude for carpentry and draftsmanship.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • Maybe it could have been useful for that if there had been a single man who knew anything about draftsmanship.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • A collection of problems presented in the form of 25 plates excellent in draftsmanship.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • But unfortunately exaggeration happened to be inherent in the draftsmanship of both Cruikshank and Browne.

    Life of Charles Dickens

    Frank Marzials
  • It covers two year's work and contains 128 full-page plates—excellent examples of draftsmanship.

    Wood and Forest William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for draftsmanship


noun (pl) -men
the usual US spelling of draughtsman (sense 1), draughtsman (sense 2)
Derived Forms
draftsmanship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for draftsmanship



1660s, variant of draughtsman; also see draft.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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