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[krafts-muhn, krahfts-]
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noun, plural crafts·men.
  1. a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft; artisan.
  2. an artist.
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Origin of craftsman

1325–75; Middle English craftes man man of skill, earlier craftman; compare Old English cræftiga craftsman, workman (derivative of cræftig crafty)
Related formscrafts·man·like, adjectivecrafts·man·ly, adjectivecrafts·man·ship, noun

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Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words for craftsman

artisan, specialist, journeyman, master, mechanic, maker, manufacturer, smith, wright, technician, machinist

Examples from the Web for craftsman

Contemporary Examples of craftsman

Historical Examples of craftsman

  • I was beginning to think you were a craftsman, but I believe you're an artist.

  • He could picture the shining face of Craftsman, the Sunday editor, as he read it!

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • The sun is a pointing finger to the craftsman—a disastrous lure to the ignorant.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • Vocational economics is the economics of the craftsman and of the shop.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The reporter did something else which marked him as a craftsman.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for craftsman


noun plural -men
  1. a member of a skilled trade; someone who practises a craft; artisan
  2. Also called: (fem) craftswoman an artist skilled in the techniques of an art or craft
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Derived Formscraftsmanlike, adjectivecraftsmanly, adjectivecraftsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for craftsman


mid-14c., craftes man, from genitive of craft (n.) + man (n.1). Written as one word from late 14c. Old English had cræftiga in this sense. Related: Craftsmanship.

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