Definition of carpentry in English:



mass noun
  • 1The activity or occupation of making or repairing things in wood.

    as modifier ‘carpentry skills’
    • ‘They have non-farm related hobbies: Ann sings, Gerry hunts and does carpentry and woodworking, the kids play sports.’
    • ‘There will be a small-scale industry in carpentry and joinery, as well as brick making which might also absorb the orphans upon completion of their courses.’
    • ‘When I first started my career in carpentry, building a set of stairs seemed like a complicated and daunting task.’
    • ‘He loved carpentry and working with wood and many of his creations can be found today in homes all around this region.’
    • ‘When working with pressure-treated lumber, use the same types of precautions as you would with any other carpentry and woodworking processes.’
    • ‘I know some carpentry, but I know nothing about electrical or plumbing or roofing.’
    • ‘But most kits are pretty well laid out and come with plans and some sort of instructions, so you and a couple of helpers can do the work with basic carpentry skills and tools.’
    • ‘In those days many working men - and in particular those with carpentry skills - manufactured dartboards out of elm or poplar wood as a sideline.’
    • ‘His parents transferred him to a vocational program in carpentry at his high school with the hope that he would find the schoolwork easier.’
    • ‘Truly designed with the average parent or grandparent in mind, this playhouse project requires no complex knowledge of woodworking or carpentry.’
    • ‘You don't need to be a master carpenter, but some basic carpentry skills are required.’
    • ‘Framing walls is known in construction as rough carpentry.’
    • ‘This summer, Old Sturbridge Village has expanded its regular woodworking demonstrations to include carpentry.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the basic carpentry skills and tools required make this project within reach of most homeowners.’
    • ‘Like carpentry, writing is a craft; the more you do it, the easier and better you get.’
    • ‘Most of the stay-at-home fathers spoke about work they were doing on the house, landscaping, carpentry, woodworking or repairing cars.’
    • ‘It's very satisfying work and very doable if you have basic carpentry skills and the right tools.’
    • ‘This knowledge is not carpentry, working in wood or brass or farming.’
    • ‘One of the most common occupations of skilled slaves and freedmen was that of carpentry, or more generally any of the construction crafts, including masonry.’
    • ‘The committee and officer will be responsible for selecting people from the community who will go for training in skills like building and carpentry before starting work on the projects.’
    1. 1.1 The work made or done by a carpenter.
      ‘the superb carpentry of the timber roof’
      • ‘His bricklaying cannot be matched by anyone locally, his carpentry is superb, he is unique and Bolton needs him.’
      • ‘Reed did a bit of quick carpentry to repair the breaks, lashing them back together with something the Vikings could have used, duct tape.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French carpentrie, Old French charpenterie, from charpentier (see carpenter).