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Word of the day: Housewright

Housewright

[HAUS-rite]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: North America, mid-16th century

1.A builder of houses, especially those constructed largely of timber; a house carpenter.

Examples of housewright in a sentence

"After working with Habitat for Humanity, Rachel felt like a bona fide housewright."

"We hired a housewright to help us rehab our 19th-century wooden cottage."

About Housewright

Housewright developed as an American word in the 16th century through the combination of the words "house" and "wright" (an old Germanic word that means "maker or builder").

Did you Know?

You could hire a handyman to do general repairs around your house, but if you have a historic wooden home, you'll want a housewright. This term was popular in 18th-century colonial America to refer to craftsmen who cut timber and assembled it into houses.

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