Definition of craft in English:


Line breaks: craft
Pronunciation: /krɑːft


  • 3 (plural same) A boat or ship: sailing craft
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3.1An aircraft or spaceship.
    More example sentences
    • 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, watercraft, aircraft, machine, spacecraft, spaceship
    British informal , • dated kite
    literary keel, barque


[with object] Back to top  
  • Exercise skill in making (an object), typically by hand: he crafted the chair lovingly (as adjective, with submodifier crafted) a beautifully crafted object figurative Crichton knows how to craft a tale, one that keeps the reader turning the pages (as adjective, with submodifier crafted) a carefully crafted peace process
    More example sentences
    • 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.



More 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'. sense 3 of the noun, originally in the expression small craft 'small trading vessels', may be elliptical, referring to vessels requiring a small amount of ‘craft’ or skill to handle, as opposed to large ocean-going ships.

More definitions of craft

Definition of craft in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw