Definition of craft in English:

craft

noun

  • 1An activity involving skill in making things by hand.

    ‘the craft of cobbling’
    mass noun ‘art and craft’
    • ‘We made most of our own decorations from art supplies, crafts, sewing and woodworking projects.’
    • ‘Clinker shipbuilding was a genuine craft, in which the shipwright remained close to his materials.’
    • ‘Few of the Garifuna still practice their traditional crafts.’
    • ‘The curriculum is broad based incorporating such subjects as art, crafts, skills, etc.’
    • ‘Thatch, however, is a highly skilled and time-consuming craft, with only a few practitioners left.’
    • ‘There were exhibits from many areas including woodwork, art, crafts, metalwork and science from first year up to fifth year.’
    • ‘Other prisoners teach crafts and skills, benefiting from modern equipment and resources they might not otherwise get to use.’
    • ‘A wide variety of activities and crafts are planned.’
    • ‘There will be an events marquee with crafts and games for children, displays and information throughout the day.’
    • ‘The event also included games, activities and crafts.’
    • ‘There will be art and crafts, activities, quizzes and games at The Platform, Morecambe.’
    • ‘The younger kids have swimming activities as well as crafts.’
    • ‘It wasn't just a hospital but a place where they were taught skills like cookery and crafts.’
    • ‘The children were taught Mugdhu dance, along with a range of other Asian skills and crafts including origami.’
    • ‘Skills like archery, fire building, outdoor living, and crafts, were all skills of the first campers.’
    • ‘And it also keeps alive ancient trades, skills and crafts by channelling them into making products for the western consumer.’
    • ‘Arts and crafts also develop skills in manipulation, perception, and analysis.’
    • ‘The extra curricular activities include a wide range of fun and educational activities, arts, crafts, cookery and projects.’
    • ‘Women in rural areas are also generating income through activities such as crafts and tailoring.’
    • ‘The kids and their families get together to sing and do crafts and other fun activities.’
    • ‘Youngsters can take part in a variety of activities from crafts to computer games.’
    activity, pursuit, occupation, work, line, line of work, profession, job, business, line of business, trade, employment, position, post, situation, career, métier, vocation, calling, skill, field, province, walk of life
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    1. 1.1crafts Work or objects made by hand.
      ‘the shop sells local crafts’
      ‘a craft fair’
      • ‘Traditional handmade crafts were not only useful but also decorative, with colorful and intricate designs.’
      • ‘It was organised by North Yorkshire County Council to celebrate the very best in local foods and crafts.’
      • ‘We have to look to provide extra services, and this display of local gifts and crafts has certainly been welcomed by our customers.’
      • ‘‘It helps artists sell their crafts to foreigners,’ she said.’
      • ‘It sells high-quality, handmade crafts like carved coconut boxes and hand-painted sushi bowls in the U.S., Europe and Japan.’
      • ‘With over 25 stands displaying their beautiful range of exquisite handmade crafts, the fair is sure to attract a large gathering’
      • ‘The festival will showcase food and crafts from around 100 local producers.’
      • ‘They feature the hand-made crafts of local artisans.’
      • ‘Most traditional crafts use local natural materials.’
      • ‘It would include a carnival procession, medieval banquet, bands, an ox roasting and a traditional fair with crafts.’
      • ‘It is expected that some well known craftsmen will display their crafts at the fair.’
      • ‘This is the place to see a wide range of beautiful local crafts and it is a must for avid shoppers.’
      • ‘The square attracts many people and there are lots of local people selling their crafts.’
      • ‘Project Seahorse has helped communities sell local crafts to a wider market, often through aquariums.’
      • ‘More than 20 stalls will be selling a wide variety of local crafts including artwork, woodcarvings and food.’
      • ‘The market, which sells local crafts, is worth a visit.’
      • ‘I caught the bus to historic Scottsdale, which has more than 100 shops and boutiques, selling Indian jewellery and crafts.’
      • ‘Photograph and take home handmade local crafts.’
      • ‘These old edifices camouflage well-stocked shops that carry crafts, jewellery, trinkets, carrots, clocks, wants and necessities.’
      • ‘It will feature two floors of galleries as well as a shop on the ground floor selling gifts and crafts.’
    2. 1.2in singular Skills involved in carrying out one's work.
      ‘the artist learned his craft in Holland’
      • ‘Commercials used to be a great training school for production people learning their craft and this has now disappeared entirely.’
      • ‘Along with the craft one should master the science and grammar of dance.’
      • ‘He's got a bit of nous, craft and guile and he can get hold of the ball and retain it.’
      • ‘Adventurers and warriors generally had three ways to learn their crafts and skills.’
      • ‘They seem to have the crafts and skills which have been disappearing in Britain.’
      • ‘Evidence of craft, skill and ingenuity were in evidence everywhere.’
      • ‘They've honed their craft and can easily create any atmosphere they like.’
      • ‘It places the emphasis on crafts and skills rather than superficial qualifications.’
      • ‘There is also a lack of understanding of how long it takes to master the craft.’
      • ‘Your professional wisdom and craft are appreciated and fresh opportunities in your field of activity are made available to you.’
      • ‘But editing isn't about revenge; it's about honing a craft.’
      • ‘Clearly she had honed her craft before publishing the books that made her famous.’
      skill, skilfulness, facility, ability, capability, competence, art, technique, aptitude, talent, flair, gift, genius, cleverness, knack
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    3. 1.3as 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’
      • ‘That creativity is what has attracted many to craft brewing.’
      • ‘The Ottawa Farmers' Market has a variety of vendors selling everything from locally-grown produce to artisan bread, wild game, craft jam, eggs and cheese.’
      • ‘The wine offerings are still solid, but craft spirits are center stage, with Nielsen reconstructing vintage cocktails such as the Moscow Mule.’
      • ‘Over many years we've demonstrated an unyielding commitment to craft coffees and teas of uncompromised quality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have an extensive range of freshly made loaves, rolls, and speciality breads lovingly made by craft bakeries across the county.’
      • ‘It is a unique craft tea house unlike any other tea house in Orange County.’
      • ‘Craft ciders typically take seven months to a year to ferment and mature.’
      • ‘The bar sells locally-brewed cask and craft ales alongside premium continental brews, European bottled lagers and farmhouse ciders.’
      conventional, customary, established, long-established, accepted, orthodox, standard, regular, normal, conservative
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    4. 1.4 The members of a skilled profession.
    5. 1.5 The brotherhood of Freemasons.
      • ‘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’
  • 2mass noun Skill used in deceiving others.

    ‘her cousin was not her equal in guile and evasive craft’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is practicing the ancient craft of equivocation, a trade plied by oracles thousands of years ago.’
    cunning, craftiness, guile, wiliness, artfulness, deviousness, slyness, trickery, trickiness
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  • 3plural craftA boat or ship.

    ‘sailing craft’
    • ‘The route that Columbus took is a route, which was feasible for a sailing craft, such as of the Viking type, much earlier.’
    • ‘His wife's screams alerted crew members, who stopped the 763-ton ferry and launched its rescue craft.’
    • ‘The Navy vessel located the pleasure craft and stood by her until the local lifeboat arrived to take the stricken vessel in tow.’
    • ‘At 10.30 am they dashed into the boat, and Anthony and his oarsmen pulled the craft out into the surf.’
    • ‘Traffic on the River Ouse consists almost entirely of pleasure craft these days.’
    • ‘Floating flak jackets were developed for the crews of the US Navy's inshore patrol craft.’
    • ‘Existing requirements governing mechanically propelled pleasure craft introduced in 2001 have been incorporated into the new regulations.’
    • ‘In the dawn light, Byron yawned and walked towards the stern where Hurio was steering the small fishing craft.’
    • ‘The craft will join a flotilla of Royal Navy ships and nearly one-quarter of the British Army.’
    • ‘Thousands of landing craft were built to land armies in Normandy and on Pacific islands.’
    • ‘These craft run the gamut from sleek international racing yachts to historic workboats.’
    • ‘Waiting for the ships to arrive were groups of US sailors who had flown into Sydney to join their respective craft.’
    • ‘Waterborne commerce, vital to any archipelago, was conducted in crude sailing craft.’
    • ‘In three minutes he was off the ship in his own craft to deliver another negative report to his superiors.’
    • ‘And then there are sailboats and power boats disguised as pleasure craft or fishing vessels.’
    • ‘Under the act, an age restriction regulation applies to the operator of jet skis and other pleasure craft.’
    • ‘The fast attack craft has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.’
    • ‘The only way to get the large swine into the boat without capsizing the craft was to build a makeshift floating ramp on the spot.’
    • ‘There was a heave, then a thud that signified that the craft had beached.’
    • ‘The patrol boat towed the craft to deep water where it was cleared of environmentally unfriendly products and then set adrift.’
    boat, sailing boat, ship, yacht, watercraft
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    1. 3.1 An aircraft or spaceship.
      • ‘Within a few seconds, she flew the craft out of the starship.’
      • ‘A year earlier, she had set an altitude record in the same craft which was a small Avro Avian biplane.’
      • ‘The hatch between the craft and the Space Station will be opened about 90 minutes later.’
      • ‘Design went ahead rapidly since the new aircraft was basically a higher powered refinement of the first craft.’
      • ‘She handed it to Cary who gazed questioningly at the picture which vaguely resembled a landing space craft.’
      • ‘The Rangers ran to the rescue craft before getting the all-clear to depart.’
      • ‘Before this test program, the system had primarily been used on fighter air craft.’
      • ‘The vessel served as the Kirkwall Airport rescue craft until it was replaced last year.’
      • ‘One thought the ambulance that came to get him was an alien space craft.’
      • ‘The craft is a biplane flying boat that is thought to have been designed and built immediately after the Great War.’
      • ‘The points of light were most likely fighter craft being launched from their hangars to intercept the Mobius.’
      • ‘Even in the last scene when he boards the alien craft there is no final meaning given.’
      • ‘The craft was registered to the Vega Aircraft Corporation with the designation Special Ventura 37.’
      • ‘The door slides shut just behind me, the craft lifting off a moment later.’
      • ‘The craft could continue orbiting the planet for as long as 15 years.’
      • ‘During the test, the craft became airborne and Don decided to take the Flying Wing for a circuit.’
      • ‘Now calling all passengers to board the shuttle craft immediately.’
      • ‘The craft will now lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 9 November.’
      • ‘Before I got 5264, the craft had participated in aviation history.’
      • ‘For example, look at the solar panels mounted on the craft's service module and on its orbital module.’
      vessel, ship, boat, watercraft, aircraft, machine, spacecraft, spaceship
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Exercise skill in making (an object), typically by hand.

    ‘he crafted the chair lovingly’
    ‘a beautifully crafted object’
    figurative ‘Crichton knows how to craft a tale, one that keeps the reader turning the pages’
    ‘a carefully crafted peace process’
    • ‘He knows a thing or two about crafting believable dialogue, even in the most unimaginable circumstances.’
    • ‘Makers created presentation models crafted from expensive woods with carved elements and inlays of mother-of-pearl or ivory.’
    • ‘She has lovingly crafted this album using all her talents, lifelong influences and delicate taste.’
    • ‘So far, they've had a very well crafted policy of confronting radicalism on all fronts.’
    • ‘They were crafted from wagon spring steel, one of the few sources of steel available to blacksmiths in 1863.’
    • ‘Still, they take pride in crafting what are essentially big-budget shorts.’
    • ‘He has put out a finely crafted piece of work.’
    • ‘He was extremely gifted in crafting metals and his skills were much needed.’
    • ‘All three of these guys are veterans, each adept at crafting perfect solos with formulae tried by time.’
    • ‘Even the person who is crafting the design is constantly making conscious plans and decisions.’
    • ‘Consider that these arrows are crafted from the wood of these very trees.’
    • ‘We help clients with the demands of crafting their future direction.’
    • ‘Every song here is tuneful, with a carefully crafted melody and production style.’
    • ‘Custom furniture is unique and also crafted with care and with an attention to detail.’
    • ‘Ben has received rave reviews in the music press thanks to his beautifully crafted songs and superb voice.’
    • ‘Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting your songs the way hit writers do.’
    • ‘Adams turned a necessary support column into a sculptural element crafted from polished wood.’
    • ‘Crafted from the highest-quality spring steel I had, these shoes will compliment any office cube or trophy case.’
    • ‘Yet his eyes lighted up when he saw the exquisitely crafted scarf.’
    • ‘However, even great powers have difficulty crafting different policies at the same time.’

Origin

Old English cræft ‘strength, skill’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kracht, German Kraft, and Swedish kraft ‘strength’. craft (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.

Pronunciation

craft

/krɑːft/