- a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
- to do carpenter's work.
- to make by carpentry.
- to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
Origin of carpenter
- John Alden,1876–1951, U.S. composer.
- (Malcolm) Scott,1925–2013, U.S. astronaut and oceanographer.
Related Words for carpenterlaborer, builder, worker, artisan, woodworker, cabinetmaker, chips, joiner, mason, craftsperson
Examples from the Web for carpenter
Contemporary Examples of carpenter
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
The model: a carpenter who showed up to her house looking for work.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
When a female candidate slips up, she should respond succinctly and then introduce third-party validators, said Carpenter.The Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling—and What It Means for Hillary Clinton
June 5, 2014
In the wake of the explosion, Carpenter could not remember it, and a brain injury left Eufrazio unable to speak for two years.
He was standing guard at a different post, attacked at the same time as Carpenter and Eufrazio.
Historical Examples of carpenter
It is another brother of his, who follows the trade of carpenter.Little Daffydowndilly
If you will tell me what you have to say to the carpenter, I will let you go.
For all that, I know very well what a treasure I possess in Andrew the carpenter.
The carpenter Andrew would like to speak to you, Mrs. Ritter, if it will not disturb you too much.
The colonel threw his cloak about his shoulders, and hastened down to the carpenter's.
- a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
- (intr) to do the work of a carpenter
- (tr) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
Word Origin for carpenter
- John Alden. 1876–1951, US composer, who used jazz rhythms in orchestral music: his works include the ballet Skyscrapers (1926) and the orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1915)
"wood-worker," c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius "wagon (maker)," from Latin carpentum "wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart," from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad "carriage"), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).
Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally "tree-wright." German Zimmermann "carpenter" is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar "wood for building, timber," cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.