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hand·​craft ˈhan(d)-ˌkraft How to pronounce handcraft (audio)


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handcrafted; handcrafting; handcrafts

transitive verb

: to fashion by handicraft

Examples of handcraft in a Sentence

Noun we learned about traditional handcrafts like barrel-making and leather-working at the colonial history museum Verb She handcrafted a set of bowls out of red clay.
Recent Examples on the Web
But the luxury industry has changed since the days when handcraft dominated what was then a much smaller and far less efficient market. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2024 This project opened the doors to something that was deep inside me waiting to be free again: the love for handcrafts, for the artisanal, experimentation in art, like going back to the basics. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 6 Mar. 2024 One recent and much-talked about example of Patek’s rare handcraft excellence is a piece introduced at the Watch Art Grand Exhibition Tokyo 2023, the brand’s sixth and largest grand exhibition to date. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2023 Lanthimos was also happy to marry old and new technologies, building a miniature ship on which Bella is taken for an unwilling cruise using old-style handcraft – then lighting the ship scenes with vast LED panels that created the look of impossibly colorful and mystical seas and skies. Will Tizard, Variety, 19 Nov. 2023 The handcraft squares are finished with a pop of pale pink merrow stitching around the edge, giving urban core an extra dash of flair. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Finding artisans and makers of traditional handcrafts proved to be more of a challenge. Gillian Bagwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 Every Saturday in July and August, Vermilion hosts sales of artisan goods, handcrafts and consumables in downtown Victory Park. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 13 July 2023 As with each exhibition, the rare handcraft pieces use the local culture as their chief inspiration. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 16 June 2023
The second was handcrafted by Italian archaeologist Francesco Galluccio, who tried to recreate the traditional methods the Romans may have used. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Cowboy hats came in multiple flavors at the Edward Crutchley show: Black, white, or handcrafted from a woven Moroccan wall-hanging, courtesy of Stephen Jones’ millinery. Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Birkin handbags are handcrafted by French artisans and range in price from tens of thousands to more than $100,000, according to the suit. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 Specialty drinks from Ridgeview English sparkling wine, Hampton Court handcrafted gin and rum and Nc’nean whiskey. Marc Malkin, Variety, 4 Mar. 2024 Guests will enjoy a selection of pours from Ridgeview English sparkling wine, Hampton Court handcrafted gin and rum, and Nc’nean whiskey. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2024 The cap, meanwhile, is handcrafted with colored yarn. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The dishes are fresh, flavorful and handcrafted by the husbands who’ve weaved a life of hospitality from hoteliers to vintners and chefs. Joe Sills, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Each Whimsical custom earring is expertly handcrafted to order, resulting in slight variations in color and hue, though consistent in general structure. Essence, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handcraft was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Handcraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handcraft. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
hand·​craft -ˌkraft How to pronounce handcraft (audio)


2 of 2 verb
: to make by handicraft
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