carpenter

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman carpentier, from Old Northern French (compare Old French charpantier), from Late Latin carpentārius (a carpenter), Latin carpentārius (a wagon-maker, carriage-maker), from Latin carpentum (a two-wheeled carriage, coach, or chariot, a cart), from Gaulish carbantos, from Proto-Celtic *karbantos (chariot, war chariot), probably related to Proto-Celtic *karros (wagon). More at car.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɑː(ɹ).pən.tə(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

carpenter (plural carpenters)

  1. A person skilled at carpentry, the trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures.
  2. (nautical) 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. A two-wheeled carriage

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carpenter (plural carpenters)

  1. carpenter

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Old French[edit]

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carpenter m (oblique plural carpenters, nominative singular carpenters, nominative plural carpenter)

  1. Alternative form of carpentier.
    • circa 1155, Wace, Le Roman de Brut:
      Maçons fist querre et carpenters
      Si fist refaire les mousters
      He searched for masons and carpenters
      in order to rebuild the minsters.