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

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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: Noun The handcrafts e-commerce bazaar, Etsy, has stitched together one heck of a year. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors shake off brutal U.S. jobs data to nudge markets higher," 15 May 2020 Iran’s ministers for cultural heritage, handcrafts and tourism, and for industry, mines and business were also infected, the agency said. John Leicester, BostonGlobe.com, "WHO declares virus crisis a pandemic, urges world to fight," 11 Mar. 2020 Puzzles, handcrafts, coloring and other meditative activities have long been thought to decrease feelings of anxiety and increase mental well-being. Aj Willingham, CNN, "People are curbing their stay-at-home anxiety the analog way: With puzzles," 21 Mar. 2020 Fars said Iran's ministers for cultural heritage, handcrafts and tourism, and for industry, mines and business were also infected. Nicole Winfield, Colleen Barry, John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "World Health Organization declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic," 11 Mar. 2020 Fars said Iran's ministers for cultural heritage, handcrafts and tourism, and for industry, mines and business were also infected. Colleen Barry, Fortune, "Coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic, according to the WHO," 11 Mar. 2020 Today, Terry and his wife, Dena, make handcraft camera and guitar straps for some of the biggest stars in the world. Michelle Pemberton, Indianapolis Star, "This tiny Indianapolis company makes guitar straps for some of the biggest stars," 7 Feb. 2020 For local design wares, ceramics, and handcrafts, head to Zuzu, Sadec District and Amai Saigon in D2—just make sure to have enough space in your luggage. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ho Chi Minh City: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play," 24 Dec. 2019 The stands at the Ver-O-Peso sell maracas with feathers made by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, ceramics and handcrafts made with coconut shells. Washington Post, "Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil’s Ver-O-Peso market," 14 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their master jewelers handcraft each design from concept to creation in their North American workshops. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Bubba Wallace merchandise sale: Deals on T-shirts, hats of NASCAR’s No. 43 for Father’s Day & more," 12 June 2020 To start the dinner off right, mixologist Josh Curtis will handcraft the cocktail of your choosing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Malibu Beach Inn Is Offering a Unique Social Distance Dining Experience for Mother's Day," 4 May 2020 All candles are handcrafted in America and cost $26. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Erin Napier Debuts New Southern-Inspired Candles with Scents like "Porch Party," "Savannah," and "Pancake Day"," 30 Apr. 2020 Russell Stover classic chocolates were introduced in 1923 and are still handcrafted in small batches, using original recipes by Clara Stover, and made with cherries from Michigan and Oregon. oregonlive, "10 last-minute, adorable Easter items to make or find for baskets and flower delivery," 8 Apr. 2020 Enjoy the many holiday customs of Germany while perusing the imported and handcrafted items for sale. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 21 Nov. 2019 DeJesus has since upgraded to a maple and ivory number handcrafted by Abe Rich, a cue maker and former Dachau prisoner who churned out top-notch sticks from a tiny Palm Beach workshop until his death in 2008. BostonGlobe.com, "In Malden, a billiards champion and his pool hall rack up a fervent following - The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 The shell shade, which measures about 9 inches tall, is handcrafted from translucent capiz shells, and the metal base features a brushed gold finish. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Ways to Try the Seashell Decor Trend That Make a Splash," 21 Apr. 2020 Your mom might make a PB&J, but that artisanal coffee shop that provisions handcrafted food and beverage? Katy Steinmetz, Time, "From Disney+ to PB+J, How the Plus Sign Took Over the World," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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“Handcraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handcraft. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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