Definition of craft noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krɑːft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræft//
    Types of boats and ships, Departments in stores, Crafts and skills
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] an activity involving a special skill at making things with your hands traditional crafts like basket-weaving a craft fair/workshop Craft, Design and Technology (= a subject in some British schools) see also arts and crafts See related entries: Departments in stores, Crafts and skills
  2. 2  [singular] all the skills needed for a particular activity chefs who learned their craft in top hotels the writer’s craft
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal, disapproving) skill in making people believe what you want them to believe He knew how to win by craft and diplomacy what he could not gain by force.
  4. 4[countable] (pl. craft) (formal) a boat or ship Hundreds of small craft bobbed around the liner as it steamed into the harbour. a landing/pleasure craft See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  5. 5[countable] (craft) an aircraft or spacecraft
  6. Word OriginOld English cræft ‘strength, skill’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kracht, German Kraft, and Swedish kraft ‘strength’. Sense (4), originally in the expression small craft ‘small trading vessels’, may be elliptical, referring to vessels requiring a small amount of “craft” or skill to handle, as opposed to large ocean-going ships.Extra examples Sheep shearing is a highly skilled craft. Subjects taught include art and craft, drama, and languages. The gallery has major exhibitions of arts and crafts. The men practised various traditional crafts, such as carving toys out of bone. a carpenter who is a real master of his craft comedians plying their craft for an agency Hundreds of small craft bobbed around the ship as it steamed into the harbour. a landing/​pleasure craft
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