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 Given the ubiquity of the material, Moralıoğlu sought to elevate the designs by focusing on the concept of handcraft. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2021 This survival gear was dependent on the skilled handcraft of the maker. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2020 Viard relished her interactions with the extraordinary characters who provided Chanel with a treasury of handcraft. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2020 The handcrafts e-commerce bazaar, Etsy, has stitched together one heck of a year. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2013, the friends turned into business partners, launching Pura Utz, a whimsical fashion brand that employs Mayan women to handcraft every piece, including beaded banana earrings and a smiley print phone bag. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, 7 Apr. 2021 Students work with faculty to handcraft a learning path to catalyze their personal calling. Jim Olson, Fortune, 25 Dec. 2020 For just $150, a leather artisan will handcraft your leather boots into a super stylish pair of summer-ready shoes. Anastacia Uriegas, Chron, 17 Nov. 2020 He is known to handcraft his buildings, slowly, but the deliberate pace didn’t concern Govan. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 Teachers with regional variants of Indigenous languages often handcraft learning materials for their students. TheWeek, 5 Sep. 2020 Their master jewelers handcraft each design from concept to creation in their North American workshops. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 June 2020 To start the dinner off right, mixologist Josh Curtis will handcraft the cocktail of your choosing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2020 All candles are handcrafted in America and cost $26. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 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 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands


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