- the trade or work of a carpenter.
- a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
verb (used without object)
- to do carpenter’s work.
verb (used with object)
- to make by carpentry.
- to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
- John Alden. 1876–1951, US composer, who used jazz rhythms in orchestral music: his works include the ballet Skyscrapers (1926) and the orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1915)
- a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
- (intr) to do the work of a carpenter
- (tr) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
“wood-worker,” c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius “wagon (maker),” from Latin carpentum “wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart,” from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad “carriage”), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).
Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally “tree-wright.” German Zimmermann “carpenter” is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar “wood for building, timber,” cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.