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[drafts-muh n, drahfts-]
noun, plural drafts·men.
  1. a person employed in making mechanical drawings, as of machines, structures, etc.
  2. a person who draws sketches, plans, or designs.
  3. an artist exceptionally skilled in drawing: Matisse was a superb draftsman.
  4. a person who draws up documents.
  5. draughtsman(def 1).
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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.
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Examples from the Web for draftsman

Historical Examples of draftsman

  • Robespierre was the draftsman, and the text of it still remains in his own writing.

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)

    John Morley

  • You never employed a draftsman of his class to give you plans?

  • You know, a draftsman always makes his drawing in pencil first.

  • He is a draftsman for those old skinflints Cartner and Dillson.


    Louis Trimble

  • Remember, you are a draftsman and are going to outline that figure on the board.

    Sons and Fathers

    Harry Stillwell Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for draftsman


noun plural -men
  1. the usual US spelling of draughtsman (def. 1), draughtsman (def. 2)
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Derived Formsdraftsmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for draftsman


1660s, variant of draughtsman; also see draft.

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