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[ship-rahyt] /ˈʃɪpˌraɪt/
noun, Shipbuilding.
a person who builds and launches wooden vessels or does carpentry work in connection with the building and launching of steel or iron vessels.
Origin of shipwright
before 1100; Middle English; Old English scipwyrhta. See ship1, wright Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • There was once a shipwright, and he wrought in a Government Yard, and his name was Chips.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • And when you want to buy a ship, the shipwright or the pilot would be better?

    The Republic Plato
  • What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • You are hard as the axe which a shipwright wields at his work, and cleaves the timber to his liking.

    The Iliad Homer
  • “Ay, the Bonaventure,” remarked the shipwright, meditatively.

  • "Little on this side the river, but much on the other," said the shipwright.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard
  • However, he reported later that the shipwright had returned.

  • This was Mrs. Wendte, an Englishwoman married to a Dutch shipwright.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • And it was this thought which often attracted my notice to the labors of the shipwright.

British Dictionary definitions for shipwright


an artisan skilled in one or more of the tasks required to build vessels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shipwright

Old English scipwyrhta; see ship (n.) + wright (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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