What does carpenter mean?

Definitions for carpenter
ˈkɑr pən tərcar·pen·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carpenterverb

    a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects

  2. carpenterverb

    work as a carpenter


  1. carpenternoun

    A person skilled at carpentry, the trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures.

  2. carpenternoun

    A senior rating in ships responsible for all the woodwork onboard; in the days of sail, a warrant officer responsible for the hull, masts, spars and boats of a ship, and whose responsibility was to sound the well to see if the ship was making water.

  3. carpenternoun

    A two-wheeled carriage

  4. Carpenternoun

    derived from the trade name carpenter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Carpenternoun

    An artificer in wood; a builder of houses and ships. He is distinguished from a joiner, as the carpenter performs larger and stronger work.

    Etymology: charpentier, Fr.

    This work performed with advisement good,
    Godfrey his carpenters, and men of skill,
    In all the camp, sent to an aged wood. Edward Fairfax, b. iii.

    In building Hiero’s great ship, there were three hundred carpenters employed for a year together. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    In burden’d vessels, first with speedy care,
    His plenteous stores do season’d timbers send,
    Thither the brawny carpenters repair,
    And, as the surgeons of maim’d ships, attend. Dryden.


  1. Carpenter

    Carpentry is a skilled trade and a craft in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. In the United States, 98.5% of carpenters are male, and it was the fourth most male-dominated occupation in the country in 1999. In 2006 in the United States, there were about 1.5 million carpentry positions. Carpenters are usually the first tradesmen on a job and the last to leave. Carpenters normally framed post-and-beam buildings until the end of the 19th century; now this old-fashioned carpentry is called timber framing. Carpenters learn this trade by being employed through an apprenticeship training—normally 4 years—and qualify by successfully completing that country's competence test in places such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and South Africa. It is also common that the skill can be learned by gaining work experience other than a formal training program, which may be the case in many places.


  1. carpenter

    A carpenter is a skilled trade professional who uses tools and materials, primarily wood, to build, install, and repair structures and fixtures. These may include framework in houses, furniture, cabinetry, interior and exterior trim, flooring, and other wooden or related structures. Carpentry requires knowledge of mathematics, architectural design, and often, familiarity with building code regulations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carpenternoun

    an artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc


  1. Carpenter

    Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the use of wood to construct items as large as buildings and as small as desk drawers. [Note: in the UK, strictly speaking, the term is more correctly used to describe the skill involved only in 'First Fixing' of timber items and mainly covers areas such as constructing roofs, floors and timber framed buildings - i.e. those areas of construction that are normally unseen in the finished building. 'Second Fix' work - i.e. skirting boards, architraves, doors etc., is more correctly referred to as 'Joinery'.] Carpentry is also used to construct the formwork into which concrete is poured during the building of structures such as roads and highway overpasses. [Note: in the UK, the skill of making timber formwork for poured concrete, is referred to as 'shuttering'.] While the primary material used is wood, the construction of walls with metal studs, and concrete formwork with reusable metal forms is a carpentry skill. Professional status as a journeyman carpenter in the United States may be obtained in a number of ways. The most formal training is acquired in a four year apprenticeship program administered by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, in which journeyman status is obtained after successful completion of a 12 weeks of pre-appenticeship training, followed by 4 years of on-the-job field training working alongside journeyman carpenters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carpenter

    kär′pent-ėr, n. a worker in timber as used in building houses, ships, &c.—v.i. to do the work of a carpenter.—ns. Car′penter-bee, a bee that excavates its nest in wood; Car′pentry, the trade or work of a carpenter, [O. Fr. carpentier—Low L. carpentariuscarpentum, a car, from root of Car.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Carpenter

    Originally one who made only the body or wooden portion of a vehicle. So called from the Latin carpentum, waggon. An ordinary worker in wood was, and still is in the English provinces, a joiner.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Carpenter is ranked #231 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Carpenter surname appeared 129,898 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 44 would have the surname Carpenter.

    86.2% or 111,985 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 11,028 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 2,832 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 2,429 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 883 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 740 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carpenter in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carpenter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of carpenter in a Sentence

  1. Danielle Dotzenrod:

    Because he was a carpenter his entire career, he can pretty much build or do anything that he sets his mind to.

  2. Rylee McCollum:

    From what I saw of the airport they were in, it looks like a turkey shoot, it was basically chaotic and not really planned out. I’m a carpenter and even I could spot that with my untrained military eye.

  3. Robert L. Kruse, Data Structures and Program Design:

    An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools. Computer programming likewise requires sophisticated tools to cope with the complexity of real applications, and only practice with these tools will build skill in their use.

  4. Rhiannon Giddens:

    I grew up listening to country music. I got into traditional stuff later, but I listened to the commercial stuff of the '90s, especially the women who were so strong, like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kathy Mattea. It's a great art form.

  5. Samuel Johns:

    I used to be a carpenter, there's a lot of ordinary people that can make a powerful impact in this world.

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