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

art, craft, handicraft, trade

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Examples of handcraft in a Sentence


we learned about traditional handcrafts like barrel-making and leather-working at the colonial history museum


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

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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 Andy and Mary Canales find handcrafted home and garden decor items at international exhibitions in Mexico, then import them to sell at Casa Rustica. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Casa Rustica expects to expand to Santa Ysabel," 22 July 2019 The movie has handcrafted quality, an intimate texture as well as a built-in air of nostalgia. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Cassandro, the Exotico!,” Reviewed: An Intimate Portrait of a Lucha-Libre Star," 19 July 2019 Each shearling—handcrafted over eight hours near Toronto—comes with a matching pair of mittens made from the coat’s scraps. Fortune, "Canadian Brand Therma Kōta Is on a Mission to Make Outerwear Cool," 25 Aug. 2019 Leisha Bryant, a sales partner for This and That Windchimes in Nederland, Texas, said the western cedar wind chimes the store carries are handcrafted by her aunt and uncle. al, "How Buc-ee’s took America by storm," 14 Aug. 2019 The first tops were handcrafted with leather made from Robertson’s own boots. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Why two Fort Worth bourbon lovers grew Texas’ biggest distillery, and then sold it," 12 Aug. 2019 Science + Tech = MACH Live BETTER Honoring the victims In our rituals of public sorrow, Greg Zanis’ handcrafted white crosses, Stars of David and crescent moons are ubiquitous — from Columbine to Pittsburgh and miles and miles of tears in between. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Fact checking Trump's speech, tensions flare with China & honoring the victims: The Morning Rundown," 6 Aug. 2019 Mezcal Unión’s founders say the company’s entire purpose is to work directly with indigenous communities to ensure the spirit is truly handcrafted. John Kell, Fortune, "Has Mezcal Become Too Big for Its Own Good?," 4 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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to make a temporary encampment

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