Definition of carpenter in English:


Syllabification: car·pen·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈkärpəntər


  • A person who makes and repairs wooden objects and structures.
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    • 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.


[with object] (usually be carpentered) Back to top  
  • 1Make by shaping wood: the rails were carpentered very skillfully
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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