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

Definition of handcraft

 (Entry 1 of 2)


handcrafted; handcrafting; handcrafts

Definition of handcraft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fashion by handicraft

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Synonyms for handcraft

Synonyms: Noun

art, craft, handicraft, trade

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Examples of handcraft in a Sentence


we learned about traditional handcrafts like barrel-making and leather-working at the colonial history museum


She handcrafted a set of bowls out of red clay.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The designer handcrafts her jewelry collection in a solar-powered studio in Southern California. The Reader's Catalog, "Gertrude Stein Necklace," 17 June 2019 The piece added interest to the McQueen piece and paid tribute to the wealth of regional handcraft available. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Used Her Global Citizen Wardrobe to Showcase International Design," 5 Dec. 2018 The idea behind Heimat Atlantica is to build a unique community of extraordinary handcraft workshops in order to establish a sort of artisanal industry in fashion. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Chic Bags Come with a Touch of Magic," 8 July 2017 Using Kentucky bison and cowhide combined with waxed cotton fabric and solid brass accessories, Jacoby's team handcrafts each order — from world leaders to your neighbor next door — one at a time. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This small Louisville leather shop makes golf bags for the president," 31 May 2018 Navigating between digital technology and laborious handcraft, Ms. King pursues the elusive spark of animation, the moment when a wooden hand waves gently and tentatively moves its wonderfully opposable thumb. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, "Berkshire Tour: Formalism Relaxes, Handcraft Goes Digital," 30 Aug. 2017 Often found in woodsy, ethereal fashions that emphasize handcrafts, Rebecca hoped for a wedding dress that felt quintessentially her. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "East Meets West at an Enchanting Wedding in Tel Aviv," 31 Oct. 2017 All items must be handcrafts — no commercial products will be sold. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "It's time for Scarecrow Fest," 21 Sep. 2017 The Mulleavys founded their handcraft-luxe label in their parents’ Pasadena guest house in 2005, with just 10 pieces (their artist-mom Victoria still helps do some of the bead work on their creations). Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rodarte Fashion Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy On How They Got A Film Made In Hollywood," 18 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In another are the pioneers of various procedures, handcrafted by surgeons and experimental physicians and often named for their inventors: the Halsted mastectomy, Mohs surgery, the Whipple pancreatectomy. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 Runners-up: Winner: Blackberry Mountain, Walland, Tennessee Blackberry Farm, the beloved country inn, now has a sister property with a ridgetop lodge and elegant cabins handcrafted from local stone and reclaimed wood. Gisela Williams And Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The 2019 ELLE Decor Travel A-List," 26 June 2019 Every bag is handcrafted in Italy and designed with a bold color palette, ranging from bright yellows to fiery reds. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "New Handbag Brands to Get on Your Radar Before All Your Friends Discover Them," 11 June 2019 Regardless of how eccentric or theatrical the vignette, there will always be a place in our home to plop down your Jonathan Adler handcrafted porcelain mug. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 These asymmetrical hoop earrings, handcrafted in Paris, pay tribute to Hans Christian Andersen’s fierce Snow Queen. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 Formé Millinery Hat Shop: handcrafted and sculpted hats using the highest quality and rare materials. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Why a custom made Kentucky Derby hat is 'special and elegant and a little decadent'," 15 Mar. 2018 Each canoe is handcrafted: Resin layers are brushed on, rivets are attached individually around the gunwales. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 Tiffany’s Blue Book Collection showcases our most exquisite high jewelry designs that are handcrafted by Tiffany artisans. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Were the Actual Definition of #CoupleGoals at the 2019 SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of handcraft


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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