• (RP) IPA: /ˈkɑː.pən.tə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑɹpəntɚ/

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.
  4. (zoology) A carpenter bee.
    • 1968, Elliot C. G. Pinhey, Introduction to insect study in Africa (page 146)
      The large, stout African bees are carpenters (Xylocopa), making small tunnels in timber, housing few individuals.
  5. (Canada, Britain, regional) A woodlouse.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • Italian: maestro d'ascia

carpenter (carpenters, present participle carpentering; past and past participle carpentered)

  1. To work as a carpenter, cutting and joining timber.

Proper noun
  1. Surname derived from the trade name carpenter.
  • French: Carpenter

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