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 designer handcrafts her jewelry collection in a solar-powered studio in Southern California. The Reader's Catalog, "Gertrude Stein Necklace," 17 June 2019 The piece added interest to the McQueen piece and paid tribute to the wealth of regional handcraft available. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Used Her Global Citizen Wardrobe to Showcase International Design," 5 Dec. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Each product is handcrafted by one of the brothers, all of whom are home-schooled by their mother. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Three young brothers started a candle company to buy themselves toys. Now they donate $500 a month to the homeless.," 15 July 2019 Whether paired with gowns or tuxedos, show-stopping time pieces handcrafted with 18K gold and diamond accents (for her) or classic dual time-zone watches (for him) elevate the red carpet. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "12 Timeless Travel Watches for Festival Season," 6 Sep. 2019 One of the homes, a modern farmhouse named Bespoke (meaning custom or handcrafted), was built by Bill and Serge Krasnogorov of Red Hills Construction to fulfill their clients’ wish list. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: A modern farmhouse with a Tuscan twist and water-wise landscaping," 13 Aug. 2019 In our rituals of public sorrow, Greg Zanis’ handcrafted white crosses and stars of David crescent moons are ubiquitous. NBC News, "More than 21,000 white crosses built for gun violence victims," 5 Aug. 2019 Each piece has been uniquely handcrafted from pure Himalayan salt, allowing for a slightly different shade and shape. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Love your Himalayan salt lamp? Here's why you need a Himalayan salt candle holder," 2 Aug. 2019 Designed by Easthampton mom Michelle Zimora, the reusable wraps are handcrafted with cotton fabrics in lovely designs coated with organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Pretty, practical, and plastic-free food wraps," 22 July 2019 The $180 design, which comes in eight colors (of all which are selling out fast!) are handcrafted in Northern Italy. Moniquejessen, PEOPLE.com, "The Sweet Symbolism Behind Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Outfit — and a Nod to Son Archie!," 7 July 2019 ScentsAbility’s handcrafted soy blend wax candles feature a variety of scents. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "Candle creations light the way to empowerment for adults with disabilities," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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