a person who builds and launches wooden vessels or does carpentry work in connection with the building and launching of steel or iron vessels.
Origin of shipwright
before 1100; Middle English; Old English scipwyrhta.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for shipwright
Historical Examples of shipwright
There was once a shipwright, and he wrought in a Government Yard, and his name was Chips.
And when you want to buy a ship, the shipwright or the pilot would be better?
What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?
You are hard as the axe which a shipwright wields at his work, and cleaves the timber to his liking.
British Dictionary definitions for shipwright
an artisan skilled in one or more of the tasks required to build vessels
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Word Origin and History for shipwright
Old English scipwyrhta; see ship (n.) + wright (n.).
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