Definition of craft in English:

craft

Syllabification: craft
Pronunciation: /kraft
 
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noun

1An activity involving skill in making things by hand: the craft of bookbinding pewter craft
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  • There will be art and crafts, activities, quizzes and games at The Platform, Morecambe.
  • Youngsters can take part in a variety of activities from crafts to computer games.
  • The event also included games, activities and crafts.
Synonyms
activity, occupation, profession, work, line of work, pursuit
1.1 (crafts) Work or objects made by hand: the shop sells local crafts (as modifier craft) a craft fair
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  • The market, which sells local crafts, is worth a visit.
  • Project Seahorse has helped communities sell local crafts to a wider market, often through aquariums.
  • The square attracts many people and there are lots of local people selling their crafts.
1.2Skill in carrying out one’s work: a player with plenty of craft
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  • Evidence of craft, skill and ingenuity were in evidence everywhere.
  • He's got a bit of nous, craft and guile and he can get hold of the ball and retain it.
Synonyms
1.3 [as modifier] Denoting or relating to food or drink made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by an individual or a small company: craft brewing a craft baker
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  • That creativity is what has attracted many to craft brewing.
  • Craft ciders typically take seven months to a year to ferment and mature.
  • The bar sells locally-brewed cask and craft ales alongside premium continental brews, European bottled lagers and farmhouse ciders.
1.4Skill used in deceiving others: her cousin was not her equal in guile and evasive craft
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  • He is practicing the ancient craft of equivocation, a trade plied by oracles thousands of years ago.
  • Jonson allows the head male character to be exceedingly great at his craft of deception.
  • She has done this for so long that she has gotten good at it, perfected her craft of deceiving people.
Synonyms
1.5The members of a skilled profession.
1.6 (the Craft) The brotherhood of Freemasons.
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  • At the earliest age possible I joined the Craft - and discovered my Father was a freemason.
  • As all the wise teachers of the Craft agree, the Lodge is a Cradle and initiation is birth
2 (plural same) A boat or ship: sailing craft
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  • The patrol boat towed the craft to deep water where it was cleared of environmentally unfriendly products and then set adrift.
  • The Navy vessel located the pleasure craft and stood by her until the local lifeboat arrived to take the stricken vessel in tow.
  • In three minutes he was off the ship in his own craft to deliver another negative report to his superiors.
2.1An airplane or spaceship.
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  • The craft is a biplane flying boat that is thought to have been designed and built immediately after the Great War.
  • The hatch between the craft and the Space Station will be opened about 90 minutes later.
  • During the test, the craft became airborne and Don decided to take the Flying Wing for a circuit.
Synonyms
vessel, ship, boat
literary bark/barque

verb

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Exercise skill in making (something): he crafted the chair lovingly (as adjective crafted) a beautifully crafted object
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  • He was extremely gifted in crafting metals and his skills were much needed.
  • Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting your songs the way hit writers do.
  • All three of these guys are veterans, each adept at crafting perfect solos with formulae tried by time.

Origin

Old English cræft 'strength, skill', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kracht, German Kraft, and Swedish kraft 'strength' (the change of sense to 'skill' occurring only in English). sense 2 of the noun, originally in the expression small craft 'small trading vessels or lighters', may be elliptical, referring to vessels requiring a small amount of “craft” or skill to handle, as opposed to large oceangoing ships.

Derivatives

crafter

noun
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  • In fact, they are a staggering triumvirate of imagery crafters.
  • Pre-laundered scraps of at least 80 percent cotton were donated for the quilt by two area crafters.
  • With over 25 members, the crafters meet every Thursday and hold specialised workshops once a-month on Saturdays.

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