[ kahr-puh n-ter-ing ]
/ ˈkɑr pən tər ɪŋ /


the trade or work of a carpenter.

Origin of carpentering

First recorded in 1830–40; carpenter + -ing1

Definition for carpentering (2 of 2)


[ kahr-puh n-ter ]
/ ˈkɑr pən tər /


a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.

verb (used without object)

to do carpenter's work.

verb (used with object)

to make by carpentry.
to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.

Origin of carpenter

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin carpentārius wainwright, equivalent to Latin carpent(um) two-wheeled carriage (< Celtic; compare Old Irish carpad chariot) + -ārius -ary; see -er2
Related formsun·car·pen·tered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carpentering (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkɑːpɪntə) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for carpentering (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɑːpɪntə) /


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

C14: from Anglo-French, from Latin carpentārius wagon-maker, from carpentum wagon; of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for carpentering



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper