Definition of craft in English:

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Pronunciation: /kraft/


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.
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.
skill, skillfulness, ability, capability, competence, art, talent, flair, artistry, dexterity, craftsmanship, expertise, proficiency, adroitness, adeptness, deftness, virtuosity
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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  • The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover.
  • He's trying to open a craft brewery in Milwaukee by December.
  • It is a unique craft tea house unlike any other tea house in Orange County.
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.
cunning, craftiness, guile, wiliness, artfulness, deviousness, slyness, trickery, duplicity, dishonesty, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, intrigue, subterfuge;
wiles, ploys, ruses, schemes, stratagems, tricks
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.
vessel, ship, boat
literary bark/barque


[with object]
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.



Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

  • The Old English word craft meant ‘strength or skill’. The sense ‘a boat or ship’, initially in the expression ‘small craft’, dates from the 17th century, and may originally have referred to vessels that only needed a small amount of skill to handle, in contrast to large ocean-going ships. People initially used crafty (Old English) to mean ‘skilful’; over time this developed the more negative sense of ‘cunning or sly’ that it has today.

Words that rhyme with craft

abaft, aft, daft, draft, draught, engraft, graft, haft, kraft, raft, understaffed, unstaffed, waft

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