Definition of Homo faber in English:

Homo faber

Pronunciation /ˌhəʊməʊ ˈfeɪbə/

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  • Mankind as a maker, especially a maker of tools.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Ernest Jones (1879–1958). From post-classical Latin Homo faber from classical Latin homō + faber craftsman, artisan, after scientific Latin Homo sapiens.