late 14c., carpentrie, from Old French carpenterie, charpenterie "woodworking" (Modern French charpenterie), from Latin carpentaria (fabrica) "carriage-maker's (workshop);" see carpenter.
the art of a carpenter: making things regarding timber
- the skill of cutting, framing, and joining wood, as with the building of buildings.
- An assemblage of bits of timber linked when you're framed together, while the items of a roofing, floor, etc.; work carried out by a carpenter.
IO 3.22 2 1901 in teaching carpentry and smithy-work to boys who never intended to be carpenters or smiths; but this misdirection of industry has since been remedied, and the industrial schools have been made the first stepping-stone towards a professional career.