Definition of carpentry in US English:



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

    • ‘It's very satisfying work and very doable if you have basic carpentry skills and the right tools.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This knowledge is not carpentry, working in wood or brass or farming.’
    • ‘Truly designed with the average parent or grandparent in mind, this playhouse project requires no complex knowledge of woodworking or carpentry.’
    • ‘He loved carpentry and working with wood and many of his creations can be found today in homes all around this region.’
    • ‘Framing walls is known in construction as rough carpentry.’
    • ‘Like carpentry, writing is a craft; the more you do it, the easier and better you get.’
    • ‘When I first started my career in carpentry, building a set of stairs seemed like a complicated and daunting task.’
    • ‘His parents transferred him to a vocational program in carpentry at his high school with the hope that he would find the schoolwork easier.’
    • ‘Most of the stay-at-home fathers spoke about work they were doing on the house, landscaping, carpentry, woodworking or repairing cars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In those days many working men - and in particular those with carpentry skills - manufactured dartboards out of elm or poplar wood as a sideline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You don't need to be a master carpenter, but some basic carpentry skills are required.’
    • ‘When working with pressure-treated lumber, use the same types of precautions as you would with any other carpentry and woodworking processes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I know some carpentry, but I know nothing about electrical or plumbing or roofing.’
    1. 1.1 The work made or done by a carpenter.
      ‘the superb carpentry of the mahogany desk’
      • ‘Reed did a bit of quick carpentry to repair the breaks, lashing them back together with something the Vikings could have used, duct tape.’
      • ‘His bricklaying cannot be matched by anyone locally, his carpentry is superb, he is unique and Bolton needs him.’


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