Definition of craftsman in English:



  • 1A worker skilled in a particular craft.

    ‘the tiles are handmade by trained craftsmen’
    figurative ‘those craftsmen of post-war fiction’
    • ‘The finest craftsmen in Europe could not carve two wooden items to fit together as well as we do.’
    • ‘The British workshops, which employed the local craftsmen, mainly produced sturdy, unadorned Georgian tableware.’
    • ‘Great to get all those talented craftsmen together under one roof for a much needed showcase for this great sport.’
    • ‘Our country has the pride of having master craftsmen who carve out exquisite products with their deft hands.’
    • ‘There artists and craftsmen produced everything from metalwork and furniture to embroideries and mosaics.’
    • ‘The emperor also sought the skills of expert craftsmen from other cities and countries.’
    • ‘Vegetables, too are welcome garnishes, and they don't have to be carved by a master craftsman.’
    • ‘Residents of Bansko have prepared gifts of souvenirs made by the local craftsmen.’
    • ‘Lower-paid workers include manual laborers, skilled craftsmen, and manufacturing and construction workers.’
    • ‘He was a gifted craftsman and carpenter and his expertise was much sought after in the Tubbercurry and surrounding areas.’
    • ‘The few things that could not be produced at home were bought from local craftsmen.’
    • ‘Instead of forfeiting quality, Byrnes hired experienced and talented craftsmen to put together full-time specialty crews.’
    • ‘The centrepiece of this colourful quarter is the magnificent Chinese Arch, built by the finest craftsmen of Beijing.’
    • ‘The Persian kings employed highly skilled craftsmen from all the 23 peoples under their sway.’
    • ‘At one stage Liberty's also had its own workshops and employed its own craftsmen.’
    • ‘Come listen to a master craftsman work his trade as only he can.’
    • ‘This is often due to the scarcity of skilled builders, craftsmen and gardeners.’
    • ‘The temples require urgent restoration by skilled craftsmen who work on heritage structures.’
    • ‘Gerry was a very talented craftsman who could turn his hand to any job and did excellent work.’
    • ‘The church is rich in marble and murals carved and constructed by Italian craftsmen.’
    artisan, craftsperson, tradesman, tradesperson, mechanic, technician, operative, maker, smith, wright, journeyman
    skilled worker, dedicated worker, meticulous worker, master, expert, artist
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    1. 1.1[usually as title](in the UK) a qualified private soldier in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
      ‘Craftsman Browne’
      • ‘In 1985, Crock was loaned to the Army and enlisted with the rank of craftsman.’
      • ‘In the course of the walk you will see the spectacular work of the royal craftsmen.’
      • ‘Gunner Karl Whitaker and craftsman Neil Vance used to fantasise about snow during their six-month tour.’
      • ‘It was only in 1964 that the services of craftsman Alex Fairlie were enlisted to start the building of the company's distillery.’
      • ‘During the second quarter two Royal craftsmen stepped forward to put things right.’