What does craft mean?

Definitions for craft
kræft, krɑftcraft

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word craft.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trade, craftnoun

    the skilled practice of a practical occupation

    "he learned his trade as an apprentice"

  2. craftnoun

    a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space

  3. craft, tradenoun

    people who perform a particular kind of skilled work

    "he represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the trade"

  4. craft, craftsmanship, workmanshipnoun

    skill in an occupation or trade

  5. craft, craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wilinessverb

    shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

  6. craftverb

    make by hand and with much skill

    "The artisan crafted a complicated tool"


  1. craftnoun

    Strength; power; might.

  2. craftnoun

    Ability; dexterity; skill, especially skill in making plans and carrying them into execution; dexterity in managing affairs; adroitness; practical cunning.

  3. craftnoun

    Cunning, art, skill, or dexterity applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; subtlety; shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception.

  4. craftnoun

    A device; a means; an art; art in general.

  5. craftnoun

    The skilled practice of a practical occupation.

  6. craftnoun

    The members of a trade collectively; guild.

    She represented the craft of brewers.

  7. craftnoun

    Implements used in catching fish, such as net, line, or hook. Modern use primarily in whaling, as in harpoons, hand-lances, etc.

  8. craftnoun

    Boats, especially of smaller size than ships. Historically primarily applied to vessels engaged in loading or unloading of other vessels, as lighters, hoys, and barges.

  9. craftnoun

    Those vessels attendant on a fleet, such as cutters, schooners, and gun-boats, generally commanded by lieutenants.

  10. craftverb

    To make by hand and with much skill.

  11. craftverb

    To construct, develop something (like a skilled craftsman): "state crafting", "crafting global policing".

  12. craftnoun

    A vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space.

  13. craftnoun

    A particular kind of skilled work.

    He learned his craft as an apprentice.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRAFTnoun

    Etymology: cræft, Sax. crefft, in old Welsh.

    I hear an objection, even from some well-meaning men; that these delightful crafts may be divers ways ill applied in a land. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    Th’ offence is holy, that she hath committed;
    And this deceit loses the name of craft,
    Of disobedience, or unduteous title. William Shakespeare.

    This gives us a full view of wonderful art and craft, in raising such a structure of power and iniquity. John Ayliffe, Parerg.

  2. To Craftverb

    To play tricks; to practise artifice. Now out of use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You’ve made fair hands,
    You and your crafts! You’ve crafted fair. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. Craft

    A craft or trade is a pastime or an occupation that requires particular skills and knowledge of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small scale production of goods, or their maintenance, for example by tinkers. The traditional term craftsman is nowadays often replaced by artisan and by craftsperson (craftspeople). Historically, the more specialized crafts with high-value products tended to concentrate in urban centers and formed guilds. The skill required by their professions and the need to be permanently involved in the exchange of goods often demanded a generally higher level of education, and craftsmen were usually in a more privileged position than the peasantry in societal hierarchy. The households of craftsmen were not as self-sufficient as those of people engaged in agricultural work, and therefore had to rely on the exchange of goods. Some crafts, especially in areas such as pottery, woodworking, and various stages of textile production, could be practiced on a part-time basis by those also working in agriculture, and often formed part of village life. When an apprentice finished his apprenticeship, he became a journeyman searching for a place to set up his own shop and make a living. After he set up his own shop, he could then call himself a master of his craft. This stepwise approach to mastery of a craft, which includes the attainment of some education and skill, has survived in some countries until today. But crafts have undergone deep structural changes since and during the era of the Industrial Revolution. The mass production of goods by large-scale industry has limited crafts to market segments in which industry's modes of functioning or its mass-produced goods do not satisfy the preferences of potential buyers. As an outcome of these changes, craftspeople today increasingly make use of semi-finished components or materials and adapt these to their customers' requirements or demands. Thus, they participate in a certain division of labour between industry and craft.


  1. craft

    Craft can be defined as a skill or activity that involves creating or producing objects by hand, often using traditional techniques and craftsmanship. It typically involves artisanal skills and methods, with a focus on attention to detail, precision, and quality. Crafts can include various disciplines such as pottery, woodworking, metalworking, weaving, sewing, and many others. They often combine creativity, technical expertise, and a strong connection to cultural traditions and heritage. Crafts can be both functional and decorative, and they often reflect the individuality and artistic expression of the craftsperson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Craftnoun

    strength; might; secret power

  2. Craftnoun

    art or skill; dexterity in particular manual employment; hence, the occupation or employment itself; manual art; a trade

  3. Craftnoun

    those engaged in any trade, taken collectively; a guild; as, the craft of ironmongers

  4. Craftnoun

    cunning, art, or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit or shrewd devices

  5. Craftnoun

    a vessel; vessels of any kind; -- generally used in a collective sense

  6. Craftverb

    to play tricks; to practice artifice

  7. Etymology: [AS. crft strength, skill, art, cunning; akin to OS., G., Sw., & Dan. kraft strength, D. kracht, Icel. kraptr; perh. originally, a drawing together, stretching, from the root of E. cramp.]


  1. Craft

    A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly as pertinent to the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods. The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisan and rarely by craftsperson.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Craft

    kraft, n. cunning: artifice: dexterity: art: trade: occupation: small ships.—v.i. to exercise one's craft (Shak., Cor., IV. vi. 118).—adv. Craft′ily.—n. Craft′iness.—adj. Craft′less, free from craft.—ns. Crafts′man, one engaged in a craft; Crafts′manship, Craft′manship; Crafts′master, one skilled in a craft.—adj. Craft′y, having skill: cunning: deceitful. [A.S. cræft; Ger. kraft, power.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. craft

    [from the Anglo-Saxon word cræft, a trading vessel]. It is now a general name for lighters, hoys, barges, &c., employed to load or land any goods or stores.--Small craft. The small vessels of war attendant on a fleet, such as cutters, schooners, gunboats, &c., generally commanded by lieutenants. Craft is also a term in sea-phraseology for every kind of vessel, especially for a favourite ship. Also, all manner of nets, lines, hooks, &c., used in fishing.

Editors Contribution

  1. craft

    A type of vehicle.

    They did use the craft on the waterways regularly.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

  2. craft

    The act and process of being creative.

    There are various craft shops that sell a wide range of products to be creative with.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CRAFT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Craft is ranked #1116 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Craft surname appeared 31,452 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 would have the surname Craft.

    80.9% or 25,473 total occurrences were White.
    14.5% or 4,579 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 594 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 563 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.3% or 123 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 120 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'craft' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4466

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'craft' in Nouns Frequency: #1562

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of craft in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of craft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of craft in a Sentence

  1. Mike Kallenberger:

    The craft category would not be what it is today if craft brewers had n’t collaborated, this category grew almost entirely by word-of-mouth, with virtually no advertising at all. The more they helped each other, the more people drank Big Beer.

  2. Bette:

    Life is like cooking your masterpiece recipe. You have to get the right ingredients, have the right mixture and the right cooking time to the PERFECT and DELICIOUS TASTE of your craft.

  3. Henry Brougham:

    It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence.

  4. William Carlos Williams:

    By listening to his language of his locality the poet begins to learn his craft. It is his function to lift, by use of imagination and the language he hears, the material conditions and appearances of his environment to the sphere of the intelligence where they will have new currency.

  5. Marc Friedland:

    We actually use a lot of Old World craft to make these. So the dyes, the printing, the labor, the hand-wrapping makes them really interesting, i love the combination of Old World craft and modern day technology.

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Translations for craft

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  • حرفةArabic
  • професия, плавателен съд, гилдия, ловкост, занаят, еснаф, изработвам на ръка, умение, хитростBulgarian
  • fet a màCatalan, Valencian
  • plavidlo, řemesloCzech
  • håndværker, håndlavet, konstrukere, håndværk, fartøj, byggeDanish
  • Fahrzeug, Lenkfahrzeug, Geriebenheit, Handwerker, Schlauheit, Handwerk, handgemachtGerman
  • σκάφοςGreek
  • fako, metio, fakuloj, ruzeco, metiistojEsperanto
  • pericia, labrar, desarrollar, oficio, nave, construirSpanish
  • مهارتPersian
  • taito, käsityötaito, juonikkuus, alus, ammattikunta, työtaitoFinnish
  • artisanatFrench
  • ceardaíocht, ceird, árthach, soitheach, bádIrish
  • אומנותHebrew
  • արհեստ, արհեստավորArmenian
  • kerajinanIndonesian
  • 職業Japanese
  • artisLatin
  • artiġjanat, artiġjanatur, sengħaMaltese
  • stielmannen, vakmanschap, vak, stiel, toestel, ambacht, gewiekstheid, voertuig, handbewerken, ambachtslui, vakluiDutch
  • håndverketNorwegian
  • rzemiosłoPolish
  • ofício, habilidade, construir, arte, perícia, desenvolverPortuguese
  • a face de mână, construiRomanian
  • мастерить, сноровка, искусство, хитрость, изготавливать вручную, проявлять мастерство, ремесло, умениеRussian
  • занатство, zànāt, ручно направљено, занатлијка, zanatlija, за̀на̄т, preprèdenōst, zanátstvo, занатлија, ručno napravljeno, zanatlijka, препрѐдено̄стSerbo-Croatian
  • farkost, hantverkSwedish
  • zanaatTurkish
  • ремеслоUkrainian

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