[drafts-muh n, drahfts-]
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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).
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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Related Words for draftsmanship

graphics, drafting, draftsmanship

Examples from the Web for draftsmanship

Contemporary Examples of draftsmanship

Historical Examples of draftsmanship

  • The papal legate who arranged the treaty is not to be congratulated on his draftsmanship.

    Medival Wales

    A. G. Little

  • In draftsmanship and refinement of design these problems are of superior quality.

  • I'm learning a heap about draftsmanship at the Trailer factory.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • Keith had neither aptitude nor interest for draftsmanship, being curiously set toward the written word.

    The Soul of a Child

    Edwin Bjorkman

  • Years ago a student, William Sidney Pittman, showed a particular aptitude for carpentry and draftsmanship.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe

British Dictionary definitions for draftsmanship


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



1660s, variant of draughtsman; also see draft.

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