[ kraft, krahft ]
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noun,plural crafts or, for 5, 8, craft.
  1. an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill: the craft of a mason.

  2. skill; dexterity: The silversmith worked with great craft.

  1. skill or ability used for bad purposes; cunning; deceit; guile.

  2. the members of a trade or profession collectively; a guild.

  3. a ship or other vessel.

  4. a number of ships or other vessels taken as a whole: The craft were warned of possible heavy squalls.

  5. aircraft collectively.

  6. a single aircraft.

  1. noting or relating to a food or other product made with special skill, especially manual skill: craft beer; craft coffee; a line of craft furniture.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make or manufacture (an object or product) with skill and careful attention to detail.

Origin of craft

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English cræft “strength, skill”; cognate with German Kraft, Dutch kracht, Old Norse kraptr

synonym study For craft

3. See cunning.

Other words for craft

Other words from craft

  • craftless, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use craft in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for craft


/ (krɑːft) /

  1. skill or ability, esp in handiwork

  2. skill in deception and trickery; guile; cunning

  1. an occupation or trade requiring special skill, esp manual dexterity

    • the members of such a trade, regarded collectively

    • (as modifier): a craft guild

  2. a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft

  3. (functioning as plural) ships, boats, aircraft, or spacecraft collectively

  1. (tr) to make or fashion with skill, esp by hand

Origin of craft

Old English cræft skill, strength; related to Old Norse kraptr power, skill, Old High German kraft

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