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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
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 Of all the rare handcrafts, however, two grand complication chiming wristwatches best reflect Patek’s mastery of the horological arts—not to mention the expertise of Anita Porchet, the celebrated Swiss enamellist responsible for painting them (as well as the eagle pocket watch described above). Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 16 June 2023 Among the designs geared for women, the overarching theme centered on exceptional handcraft in sophisticated pieces that suited a wide range of aesthetics. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2023
Like our top choice, this J.K. Adams selection is handcrafted from hard maple wood in a French tapered style, but at half the price. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 2 Jan. 2024 Without mentioning the luxurious bathtub and bath salts in my room that seemed to be handcrafted by the ocean Gods themselves. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 23 Jan. 2024 For the Ken fight scene, a crew member handcrafted 24 hobby horses. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Founded in Costa Rica, the bracelets are handcrafted for that feeling of quality and care. Kat Romero, Rolling Stone, 7 Dec. 2023 The stunning copper body is handcrafted in Turkey and features a subtle hammered detailing. Jessica Comstock, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2024 This velvety cushion, handcrafted with painstaking attention to detail, is designed to enhance your bathing experience by giving exceptional support and calm. Priscilla Mak, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2023 These dryer balls are handcrafted from wool and, according to the brand, can reduce wrinkles, soften your clothes, and cut your dry time without the need for any chemicals. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2023 O’Keefe invited Osage artisans Janet Emde, Ruth Shaw and Anita Fields to handcraft traditional ribbon work. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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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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“Handcraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handcraft. Accessed 24 Feb. 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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