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[drafts-muh n, drahfts-]
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noun, plural draughts·men. British.
  1. a checker, as used in the game of checkers.
  2. draftsman(defs 1–4).

Origin of draughtsman

First recorded in 1655–65; draught + -s3 + man1


[drafts-muh n, drahfts-]
noun, plural drafts·men.
  1. a person employed in making mechanical drawings, as of machines, structures, etc.
  2. a person who draws sketches, plans, or designs.
  3. an artist exceptionally skilled in drawing: Matisse was a superb draftsman.
  4. a person who draws up documents.
  5. draughtsman(def 1).
Also British, draughts·man (for defs 1–4).

Origin of draftsman

First recorded in 1655–65; draft + 's1 + man1
Related formsdrafts·man·ship, noun

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for draughtsman

Historical Examples

  • But this was done for no known reason but the caprice of the draughtsman.

    Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia


  • Its one redeeming feature is the difficulty it presents to the draughtsman.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • Thackeray's own opinion of his powers as a draughtsman is not easy to determine.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • Since you have a painter for a friend, perhaps you yourself are a draughtsman.

  • If the writer speaks when he writes, and the draughtsman speaks when he draws.

    Picture and Text

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for draughtsman


US draftsman

noun plural -men
  1. Also called (feminine): draughtswoman a person who practises or is qualified in mechanical drawing, employed to prepare detailed scale drawings of machinery, buildings, devices, etc
  2. Also called (feminine): draughtswoman a person skilled in drawing
  3. British any of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of draughtsUS and Canadian equivalent: checker
Derived Formsdraughtsmanship or US draftsmanship, noun


noun plural -men
  1. the usual US spelling of draughtsman (def. 1), draughtsman (def. 2)
Derived Formsdraftsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for draughtsman


1660s, from genitive of draught + man (n.).



1660s, variant of draughtsman; also see draft.

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