[krafts-muhn, krahfts-]

noun, plural crafts·men.

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

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

Synonyms for craftsman

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for craftsmanship

Contemporary Examples of craftsmanship

Historical Examples of craftsmanship

  • Moorish craftsmanship is worth stimulating, and doctors are welcomed for their science.


    George Wyman Bury

  • Wickedness, not death, was suggested, but the craftsmanship was faultless.

    Number Seventeen

    Louis Tracy

  • He was pushing before him a tea-wagon of wonderful design and craftsmanship.

    The Purple Flame

    Roy J. Snell

  • The join is a technical feature that indicates standards of craftsmanship.

  • Dublin in its metropolitan days was a true centre of craftsmanship and art.


    Stephen Lucius Gwynn

British Dictionary definitions for craftsmanship


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 craftsmanship



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