[kahr-puh n-tree]


the trade of a carpenter: He earned his living at carpentry.
the work produced by a carpenter.
the way in which something, especially a work of literature, is structured.

Origin of carpentry

1350–1400; Middle English carpentrie < Old North French < Latin carpentāria (fabrica) carriage-maker's (workshop). See carpenter, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carpentry

Contemporary Examples of carpentry

Historical Examples of carpentry

  • The Lantern also is of English oak, and its construction a curious piece of carpentry.

    Ely Cathedral


  • There is no trade which offers such a useful field as carpentry.

  • He came to this country from England in 1803, and worked at his trade of carpentry.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • It is used in joinery, as in door-frames, but not in carpentry.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • The carpentry instructor; A taint of Hinduism; he retains his pigtail.

    India and the Indians

    Edward F. Elwin

British Dictionary definitions for carpentry



the art or technique of working wood
the work produced by a carpenter; woodwork
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Word Origin and History for carpentry

late 14c., carpentrie, from Old French carpenterie, charpenterie "carpentry" (Modern French charpenterie), from Latin carpentaria (fabrica) "carriage-maker's (workshop);" see carpenter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper