bas·​ket·​ry ˈba-ski-trē How to pronounce basketry (audio)
plural basketries
: the art or craft of making baskets or objects woven like baskets

Examples of basketry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The interdisciplinary team analyzed 76 artifacts made of wood, reeds, and esparto, including basketry, cords, mats, and a wooden mallet. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2023 Some of the basketry turned out to be even older than the sandals, providing the first direct evidence of basketry weaving among the hunter-gatherers and early farmers of the region. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2023 Researchers with the Universidad de Alcalá and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona said that the discoveries were the first direct evidence of basketry among hunter-gatherer societies and early farmers in Southern Europe. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 1 Oct. 2023 Other handmade crafts ranging from basketry, ceramics/pottery, fibers, floral, glass, jewelry, soap, metal- and woodwork will be featured. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 Others were skilled in various traditional crafts, including pottery making, weaving, basketry and wood carving. Rodney Coates, The Conversation, 14 Aug. 2023 The Quinault are known for using a wide variety of materials in basketry in the 20th century. oregonlive, 5 July 2023 Neptune also uses commercial dyes to achieve purples, pinks, yellows and other colors not seen in prior generations’ basketry. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2023 With an entire room devoted to the history and evolution of the EBCI's famed river cane, white oak, and honeysuckle basketry, there's plenty to see. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, 12 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of basketry was in 1851

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“Basketry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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bas·​ket·​ry ˈbas-kə-trē How to pronounce basketry (audio)
: the art or craft of making objects (as baskets) by weaving or braiding long slender pieces
: objects produced by basketry

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