Definition of joiner in English:



  • 1British A person who constructs the wooden components of a building, such as stairs, doors, and door and window frames.

    ‘bricklayers and joiners are needed to convert derelict properties’
    • ‘After leaving school, he did a seven-year stint as a joiner, switching to steeple jacking after national service.’
    • ‘Their son Declan has been working as a joiner in New York for the past five years and was based near Manhattan.’
    • ‘Suppose I go to a joiner and ask him to make me a table, and the joiner delivers me a wooden board.’
    • ‘Colin, who left the Royal Navy in 1958 because of an injury, became a joiner with Shepherd's before joining York Carriageworks.’
    • ‘A lot of other businesses are also doing particularly well as a result of the housing boom, like construction, plumbers, joiners and builders.’
    • ‘They both found jobs as joiners working for a firm called Rankin and Greig.’
    • ‘‘There is a huge shortage of carpenters and joiners in Scotland,’ he said.’
    • ‘Safety precautions were inadequate on a building site where a joiner fell eight feet and broke his back.’
    • ‘Both are married with children and both hold challenging jobs: Joey a joiner and Ollie a teacher in St Joseph's Crossmaglen.’
    • ‘This was built over a period of 40 days by a 300 strong force of labourers, carpenters, joiners and artists.’
    • ‘His career in the building industry started 25 years ago as an apprentice joiner with York-based Shepherd Construction Ltd.’
    • ‘She said the workmen, who residents thought were carpenters and joiners, have also been doing plumbing and electrical work.’
    • ‘During his school years in St. Thomas, he went to a joiner's workshop after school to learn the trade.’
    • ‘His career started as an apprentice joiner finishing his apprenticeship and then progressing to general foreman.’
    • ‘Patrick Rogan was a first year apprentice joiner and studied at the East Down Institute.’
    • ‘As a nation we are crying out for plumbers, electricians, joiners and their ilk, useful people doing useful jobs - at a price!’
    • ‘A quarter-century on, he's a master joiner or master hinger or suchlike.’
    • ‘The finishing trades, the skilled craftsmen joiners, metal workers and painters have long gone.’
    • ‘Others chosen to work on the fuselages were carpenters, joiners and the like.’
    • ‘Originally from Derrykinlough, Andrew was a joiner by trade.’
  • 2informal A person who readily joins groups or campaigns.

    ‘a compulsive joiner of revolutionary movements’
    • ‘Although I am not a joiner, I do have a strong sense of family tradition.’
    • ‘Americans had demonstrated in the years leading up to the 1770s and 1860s that they were a ‘nation of joiners.’’
    • ‘Get involved in the community, even if you aren't a joiner.’
    • ‘I've never been a marcher or a joiner, it's just not my nature, and sometimes I've regretted that.’
    • ‘The logical presumption is they haven't been joiners hitherto.’
    • ‘But in my observation, writers are not joiners.’
    • ‘I've never been a joiner, I'm not a group-thinker, and I don't fare well on teams.’
    • ‘I don't mean I'm not a joiner, it's just that I'm not.’
    • ‘Most joiners of cults respond to the leader's message first at an emotional level, then later at the physical and intellectual levels.’
    • ‘If you're not a joiner, at least pick up some literature and visit the parks and hangouts.’
    • ‘Basically, we've decided that women are joiners.’
    • ‘New joiners must make a firm decision whether to join a company's scheme or not (which is sort of where we are currently).’
    • ‘America, as Tocqueville famously concluded, is a nation of joiners.’
    • ‘Latham seems to be a reluctant joiner whereas Abbott is naturally gregarious.’
    • ‘Like the vast majority of young Europeans they are not good joiners - they don't tend to belong to clubs or associations.’


Middle English: from Old French joigneor, from joindre ‘to join’.