hand·​i·​craft | \ ˈhan-di-ˌkraft How to pronounce handicraft (audio) , -dē- \

Definition of handicraft

1a : manual skill
b : an occupation requiring skill with the hands
2 : the articles fashioned by those engaged in handicraft

Other Words from handicraft

handicrafter \ ˈhan-​di-​ˌkraf-​tər How to pronounce handicraft (audio) , -​dē-​ \ noun

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Examples of handicraft in a Sentence

Her favorite handicraft is sewing. volunteers demonstrating early American handicrafts, such as blacksmithing, glassblowing, and weaving
Recent Examples on the Web The ancient technique of Shibori is a Japanese traditional handicraft used mainly for kimono. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Macrame owls combined the desire for nature with a rising handicraft movement ... Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Mar. 2022 Gandhi believed an architecture of post-colonial self-determination depended on local traditions and tapped into native veins of handicraft and village culture. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The presentation combines traditional Taiwanese dough figurine handicraft and VR technology. Patrick Frater, Variety, 2 Feb. 2022 Today, La Seu, as the cathedral is known, looms over Palma’s Old Town, a busy warren of handicraft shops, tapas bars, historic palacios and sunny plazas. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The 30 meter curved iconic pool with its handicraft blue mosaics crafted by Michael Mayer is at the same level as the Seine river. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 On the design front, there is a distinctive handicraft industry, from wooden shipbuilding (dhows) to pottery to embroidery that laid the foundation for more innovative approaches. Isabella Sullivan, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 The curved pool with its handicraft blue mosaics by Michael Mayer offers an ode of calm in the bustle of the city. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of handicraft

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for handicraft

Middle English handi-crafte, alteration of handcraft

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The first known use of handicraft was in 1523

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23 May 2022

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“Handicraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handicraft. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for handicraft


hand·​i·​craft | \ ˈhan-di-ˌkraft How to pronounce handicraft (audio) \

Kids Definition of handicraft

1 : an activity or craft (as weaving or pottery making) that requires skill with the hands
2 : an article made by skillful use of the hands

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