from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A skilled worker who makes, finishes, and repairs wooden objects and structures.
  • transitive v. To make, finish, or repair (wooden structures).
  • intransitive v. To work as a carpenter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person skilled at carpentry, the trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures.
  • n. A senior rating in ships responsible for all the woodwork onboard; in the days of sail, a warrant officer responsible for the hull, masts, spars and boats of a ship, and whose responsibility was to sound the well to see if the ship was making water.
  • n. A two-wheeled carriage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To do carpenters' work; practise carpentry.
  • n. An artificer who works in timber; one who executes by hand the woodwork of houses, ships, or similar constructions. The occupations of carpenter and joiner are often combined. See joiner.
  • n. An officer of a ship, whose duty it is to keep under supervision and maintain in order the frame of the ship and all the wooden fittings about her.
  • n. a set of men employed under the carpenter. See 2.
  • n. In entomology, same as Carpenterant or carpenter-bee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects
  • v. work as a carpenter


Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin carpentārius (artifex), (maker) of a carriage, from carpentum, a two-wheeled carriage, of Celtic origin; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman carpentier, from Old Northern French (compare Old French charpantier, whence modern French charpentier), from Late Latin carpentārius ("a carpenter"), Latin carpentārius ("a wagon-maker, carriage-maker"), from Latin carpentum ("a two-wheeled carriage, coach, or chariot, a cart"), probably of Celtic origin. (Wiktionary)



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