craftsperson +‎ -ship, on the pattern of craftsmanship.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɹæftspɜːsənʃɪp/


craftspersonship (uncountable)

  1. The body of activities, skills, techniques, knowledge, and expertise pertinent to (a) particular craft(s).
    • 1935: Arts Magazine, page 140 (Art Digest Inc.)
      The carpenter’s role – like that of a story told 1900 years earlier – is not to craft, for in his craftspersonship he is faulty, but to comprehend.
    • 2001: Stephen Gudeman, The Anthropology of Economy: Community, Market, and Culture, page 115 (Blackwell Publishing)
      This artisanship or craftspersonship was the sort of Enlightenment activity extolled by Diderot in the eighteenth century.
    • 2007: John Henderson, The Medieval World of Isidore of Seville, page 205 (Cambridge University Press)
      The olive too they say belongs to this pioneeress, and craftspersonship, plus many arts and crafts are this inventress’s.

Usage notesEdit

  • Some modern authors prefer the epicene term craftspersonship to the feminine craftswomanship and the masculine (though traditionally considered gender-nonspecific) craftsmanship; nevertheless, in common usage, craftsmanship is thousands of times more common than craftspersonship.[1]

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