hand·​craft | \ˈhan(d)-ˌkraft \

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 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 Today, many of the fabrics and handcraft techniques common to historic garments and textiles exist only in haute couture. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "Confessions of a Costume Curator," 18 Aug. 2017 The two-story temporary museum aims to help educate the public about mechanical timepieces and watchmaking's rare handcrafts. Stephen Watson, Esquire, "Patek Philippe Just Opened a Mind-Blowing Temporary Museum," 14 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The frames are a minimalist's dream: airy, unique, and handcrafted in her Greenpoint studio. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "This “Flower Framer” Will Preserve a Meaningful Bouquet Forever," 8 Oct. 2018 The food respects tradition but is not bound by it, and Hayashi’s hipster-like affinity for the handcrafted comes through in every dish. Davey Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do in Shibuya: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 Iron Mountain Designs: Josh Vandenbrink, an Air Force veteran who was deployed overseas 21 times, sells handcrafted steel and hardwood flags out of his Salt Lake City shop. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 And for good measure, toss in Redecker’s handcrafted beechwood brush, specially suited to the four-legged. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Labor Day Weekend Beauty Gifts That Capitalize on Chic," 28 Aug. 2018 Since its inception in 2016, Operation Chemo Comfort has delivered more than 6,000 handcrafted chemo caps to cancer patients. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Operation Chemo Comfort seek additional items for cancer patients kits," 3 May 2018 Meanwhile, Astier de Villatte draws on Japanese legend with Awaji, a resin-jasmine blend handcrafted by masters on the namesake island. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "12 Heavenly Incense Sticks That Give New Meaning to the Phrase “Holy Smoke”," 27 Apr. 2018 Morgan Reed Jewelry Jewelry handcrafted in Chicago. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "SAUCED's Summer Night Market will take over House of Vans, here is the lineup," 26 July 2017 The chain restaurant touts its signature handcrafted martinis and offers a wide selection of beer on tap. Steven Pepple, Detroit Free Press, "Bar Louie to open in former Blackfinn pub in downtown Royal Oak," 9 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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