craftsman

[krafts-muhn, krahfts-]

noun, plural crafts·men.

a person who practices or is highly skilled in a craft; artisan.
an artist.

Nearby words

  1. craft beer,
  2. craft union,
  3. craftily,
  4. craftint,
  5. crafts,
  6. craftsmanly,
  7. craftsmanship,
  8. craftspeople,
  9. craftsperson,
  10. craftswoman

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

Usage note

See -man.

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British Dictionary definitions for craftsman

craftsman

noun plural -men

a member of a skilled trade; someone who practises a craft; artisan
Also called: (fem) craftswoman an artist skilled in the techniques of an art or craft
Derived Formscraftsmanlike, adjectivecraftsmanly, adjectivecraftsmanship, noun

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Word Origin and History for craftsman

craftsman

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper