handcraft

noun
hand·craft | \ˈhan(d)-ˌkraft \

Definition of handcraft 

(Entry 1 of 2)

handcraft

verb
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

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 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

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 Its products — handcrafted 9mm handguns that come in a variety of colors — can now be found in more than 1,000 stores. Lisa Marie Pane, Anchorage Daily News, "Corporate America increasingly avoids gun-industry business," 25 June 2018 Tom Edwards has been a potter for 40 years, handcrafting whimsical mugs, plates and bowls from his studio about 30 miles west of Denver. Rachel Siegel, latimes.com, "Elon Musk's troubled love of a magical unicorn," 30 June 2018 Its products — handcrafted 9mm handguns that come in a variety of colors — can now be found in more than 1,000 stores. Lisa Marie Pane, Anchorage Daily News, "Corporate America increasingly avoids gun-industry business," 25 June 2018 Its products, handcrafted 9mm handguns that come in a variety of colors, can be found in more than 1,000 stores. Lisa Marie Pane, BostonGlobe.com, "Gun industry sees corporate activism as new threat," 24 June 2018 Its products — handcrafted 9mm handguns that come in a variety of colors — can now be found in more than 1,000 stores. Washington Post, "Corporate America increasingly avoids gun-industry business," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of handcraft

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1911, in the meaning defined above

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handcraft

verb

English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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