• The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
    The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n craftsman a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
    • n craftsman a creator of great skill in the manual arts "the jewelry was made by internationally famous craftsmen"
    • n craftsman a professional whose work is consistently of high quality "as an actor he was a consummate craftsman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Craftsman One skilled in some trade or manual occupation; an artificer; a mechanic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n craftsman A member of a craft; an artificer; a mechanic; one skilled in a manual occupation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Craftsman one engaged in a craft
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  • Hesiod
    “Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cræft; Ger. kraft, power.


In literature:

He could picture the shining face of Craftsman, the Sunday editor, as he read it!
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
Here were the gems of the craftsman's art.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
One god, you may say, Hephaistos, is definitely a craftsman.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
He is always the master not the servant, the artist not the clumsy craftsman.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
For no limit can be set to skill, neither is there any craftsman that possesseth full advantages.
"The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep and the Instruction of Ke'Gemni" by Battiscombe G. Gunn
She was a master craftsman, since her art was hidden.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The fact is, Morris was at once a practical craftsman and an idealist.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
Such an one we must call an artist, a master, and a worthy craftsman.
"Stained Glass Work" by C. W. Whall
From this moment the brave clever craftsman could date the foundation of his reputation in Bamberg.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
A craftsman such as I was could not be balked.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent

In poetry:

Thus the craftsman thinks to grace the rose,—-
Plucks a mould-flower
For his gold flower,
Uses fine things that efface the rose:
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning
Swiftly the rival ploughmen
Turned the brown earth from their shares;
Here were the farmer's treasures,
There were the craftsman's wares.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Silent for once the restless hive of labor,
Save the low funeral tread,
Or voice of craftsman whispering to his neighbor
The good deeds of the dead.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Bore no marks now of Launcelot's bitter sword,
Being by embalmers deftly solder'd up;
So still it seem'd the face of a great lord,
Being mended as a craftsman mends a cup.
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
On dusty granite pyramids above them,
On plates of brass on which the writing fades,
An English craftsman has engraved in detail
Their numbers and the names of their brigades.
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov
Gold is for the mistress — silver for the maid —
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.
"Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But Iron — Cold Iron — is master of them all."
"Cold Iron" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The Craftsman 37030 is a gas-powered push mower.
Contestants' audition videos are stored at the Craftsman YouTube channel.
At Lakein's of Hamilton, a craftsman fixes a watch in no time.
(A craftsman at Hermes Festival of Crafts, Seattle.
Copper craftsman Don Felix reproduces antique wethervanes, giving them life through his interpretations of wildlife.
Yet, Krebs, who played in various bands in California, tends to the instruments entrusted to him with the care of an old-world craftsman.
Indeed, Krebs is known in various circles as a luthier, a craftsman who actually makes guitars and other stringed instruments .
Scott Speed, celebrating his win in the Kentucky 150 Arca REMAX Series race in July, also won a Craftsman Truck Series race in May and plans to try his hand at NASCAR Sprint Cup by 2010.
'Hog and Barrel,' a celebration of the harvest, at Craftsman Inn/ Limestone Grill in Fayeteville.
Gary Walts / The Post-Standard The Limestone Grill at the Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville.
Riding Mower Craftsman YT 4000 (24 HP, 42 blade), almost brand new (purchase date 8/12), $1,600 965-9090.
Magnetic Pickup Tool Test Craftsman 15 Pound Inspection Mirror.
Magnetic Pickup Tool Test Craftsman 10 Pound Professional Telescoping.
Maybe it was the charming craftsman that had everything you wanted, except the huge walk-in closet.
Everett craftsman creates a metal menagerie .