wright

If you make a living building furniture out of wood, you can call yourself a wright, which is an old fashioned way to say "maker or builder."

You're more likely to see the word wright in combination with other words than on its own these days. Some common examples are playwright and wheelwright, or in other words, makers of plays and wheels. The origin of wright is the Old English wryhta, or "someone who works with wood." Originally, a wright was specifically a wood worker, but later it grew to include many different kinds of professions.

Definitions of wright
  1. noun
    someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)
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    cartwright
    a workman who makes and repairs carts and wagons
    millwright
    a workman who designs or erects mills and milling machinery
    ploughwright, plowwright
    a workman who makes and repairs plows
    ship builder, shipbuilder, shipwright
    a carpenter who helps build and launch wooden vessels
    waggonwright, wagonwright, wainwright
    a wagon maker
    wheeler, wheelwright
    someone who makes and repairs wooden wheels
    type of:
    artificer, artisan, craftsman, journeyman
    a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
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