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[joi-nuh-ree] /ˈdʒɔɪ nə ri/
the craft or trade of a joiner.
woodwork made by a joiner.
Origin of joinery
First recorded in 1670-80; joiner + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for joinery
Historical Examples
  • It is used in joinery, as in door-frames, but not in carpentry.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • This word seems to have been used at Canterbury to denote any piece of joinery.

    The Care of Books John Willis Clark
  • I answered that the wood had swelled, and the joinery was imperfect.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • And I was in Japan—the Japan of cabinets and joinery, gracious folk and fair manners.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • In this last division of furniture the work is that of joinery.

  • Dry, too, and almost ready to live in, and all the joinery of pitch pine.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • Hand-Craft in wood is distinguished from carpentry or joinery in many important respects.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • The whole apartment presents a finished specimen of joinery, with a tasteful display of ornamental carving.

  • Further, she has an exquisite piece of joinery to perform when her ruder labour is accomplished.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • In his youth he had been apprenticed to the joinery business, and he had drifted from his native Lancashire to London.

British Dictionary definitions for joinery


the skill or craft of a joiner
work made by a joiner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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