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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 craftsmen

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

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Contemporary Examples of craftsmen

Historical Examples of craftsmen

  • Both were craftsmen in their particular line, and they spoke as equal to equal.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • "Unbusinesslike" we have called the devotion of craftsmen and scientists.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • But everybody was not a wealthy merchant: most of the citizens were craftsmen of some kind.

  • The food of the craftsmen in London was, in ordinary times, plentiful and cheap.

  • The craftsmen had lost their employment—how were they to live?

British Dictionary definitions for craftsmen


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 craftsmen



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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