Origin of carpenterMiddle English and Anglo-French from Late Latin carpentarius, carpenter, wagon maker from Classical Latin carpentum, two-wheeled carriage, cart from Gaulish
verbcar·pen·tered, car·pen·ter·ing, car·pen·ters
Origin of carpenterMiddle 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.
- A person skilled at carpentry, the trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures.
- (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.
- A two-wheeled carriage
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.
- An occupational surname derived from the trade name carpenter.