draftsman

[ drafts-muh n, drahfts- ]
/ ˈdræfts mən, ˈdrɑfts- /
|

noun, plural drafts·men.

a person employed in making mechanical drawings, as of machines, structures, etc.
a person who draws sketches, plans, or designs.
an artist exceptionally skilled in drawing: Matisse was a superb draftsman.
a person who draws up documents.

Nearby words

  1. draft-quality printing,
  2. draftee,
  3. drafting,
  4. drafting board,
  5. drafting yard,
  6. draftsmanship,
  7. draftsperson,
  8. draftswoman,
  9. drafty,
  10. drag

Also British, draughts·man (for defs 1–4).

Origin of draftsman

First recorded in 1655–65; draft + 's1 + man1

Related formsdrafts·man·ship, noun

Usage note

See -man.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for draftsman


British Dictionary definitions for draftsman

draftsman

/ (ˈdrɑːftsmən) /

noun plural -men

the usual US spelling of draughtsman (def. 1), draughtsman (def. 2)
Derived Formsdraftsmanship, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for draftsman

draftsman

n.

1660s, variant of draughtsman; also see draft.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper