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

Definition of handcraft

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handcrafted; handcrafting; handcrafts

Definition of handcraft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fashion by handicraft

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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, "Erdem and Universal Standard Join Forces for a Game-changing Denim Collaboration," 31 Mar. 2021 This survival gear was dependent on the skilled handcraft of the maker. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Sharing in the harvest: Yenke Peddler antiques," 26 Nov. 2020 Viard relished her interactions with the extraordinary characters who provided Chanel with a treasury of handcraft. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Virginie Viard, the Woman Behind Chanel’s New Chapter," 24 Nov. 2020 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 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, "Small Business Spotlight: Pura Utz," 7 Apr. 2021 Students work with faculty to handcraft a learning path to catalyze their personal calling. Jim Olson, Fortune, "After 2020, we all need a gap year," 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, "Totally tacky Texas gifts for the Texan in your life," 17 Nov. 2020 He is known to handcraft his buildings, slowly, but the deliberate pace didn’t concern Govan. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 Teachers with regional variants of Indigenous languages often handcraft learning materials for their students. TheWeek, "Pandemic learning in Mexico requires thinking outside the screen," 5 Sep. 2020 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

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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 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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