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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A skilled worker who makes, finishes, and repairs wooden objects and structures.
  • intransitive verb To make, finish, or repair (wooden structures).
  • intransitive verb To work as a carpenter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In entomology, same as Carpenterant or carpenter-bee.
  • noun An artificer who works in timber; one who executes by hand the woodwork of houses, ships, or similar constructions. The occupations of carpenter and joiner are often combined. See joiner.
  • noun An officer of a ship, whose duty it is to keep under supervision and maintain in order the frame of the ship and all the wooden fittings about her.
  • noun a set of men employed under the carpenter. See 2.
  • To do carpenters' work; practise carpentry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any species of ant which gnaws galleries in the wood of trees and constructs its nests therein. They usually select dead or somewhat decayed wood. The common large American species is Formica Pennsylvanica.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large hymenopterous insect of the genus Xylocopa; -- so called because it constructs its nest by gnawing long galleries in sound timber. The common American species is Xylocopa Virginica.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person skilled at carpentry, the trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A two-wheeled carriage

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects
  • verb work as a carpenter

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin carpentārius (artifex), (maker) of a carriage, from carpentum, a two-wheeled carriage, of Celtic origin; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman carpentier, from Old Northern French (compare Old French charpantier, whence modern French charpentier), 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"), probably of Celtic origin.

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