Definition of carpenter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːp(ə)ntə/


A person who makes and repairs wooden objects and structures.
Example sentences
  • Tom Searles worked as a carpenter repairing the inside of the wooden mills and stayed for seventeen years.
  • I once gave a contract to a local carpenter for some repairs on my house.
  • His estimated cost for repairs seemed high, so I hired a carpenter at about half the price.
woodworker, joiner, cabinetmaker;
Scottish & Northern English  wright
British informal chippy, Chips


[with object]
1Make by shaping wood: the rails were carpentered very skilfully
More example sentences
  • Lysaght resurrected these boards and carpentered them into simple structures: a bridge, a wishing well, a coach and tree planters.
  • The wooden boxes were carpentered together, and even the fabricated metal pieces were made relatively roughly.
1.1 [no object] Do the work of a carpenter: she carpenters and goes on archaeological digs
More example sentences
  • I've had a go at carpentering today and fixed the upstairs loo door that was very tight to close.
  • Larry left every day with his lunchbox to rejoin his mates on the construction sites, or carpentered for the neighbours.
  • The pigs use the harness-room as a headquarters where they study blacksmithing, carpentering and so on from books they find in the farmhouse.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French carpentier, charpentier, from late Latin carpentarius (artifex) 'carriage (maker)', from carpentum 'wagon', of Gaulish origin; related to car.

  • This comes via Old French from late Latin carpentarius (artifex) ‘carriage (-maker)’. The base is late Latin carpentum ‘wagon’, of Gaulish origin.

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