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

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Other Words from handicraft

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

Synonyms for handicraft


art, craft, handcraft, trade

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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

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This is another world from the postcard Guatemala of azure lakes, towering volcanoes and handicraft stands. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Death at the border: 4 from Guatemala, 3 of them children, succumb to heat in Texas," 8 July 2019 There was little information available abroad about Indian manufacturers, and handicrafts. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "India’s oldest e-commerce firm’s IPO is a rare way out for investors," 24 June 2019 Traditional crafts Hanoi is famous for its traditional handicraft villages, such as Bat Trang pottery village, Hang Bac silver-making street, Dong Ho picture village, and Van Phuc silk village. National Geographic, "See Hanoi like a Nat Geo Explorer," 26 Mar. 2019 Throughout her trip, Peju visited emerging artists at Poto-Poto, shopped local handicrafts at Marché Plateau Ville, and enjoyed the food and beach at Pointe Noire. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "Cool-Girl Stylist Peju Famojure’s Guide to Shopping and Relaxing in Republic of Congo," 12 Nov. 2018 Guests will find traditional local handicrafts from that region scattered around the room, giving you greater appreciation for the country's diverse cultures. Susannah Rigg, Condé Nast Traveler, "26 Best Hotels in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 Collective Memory has whimsically curated Vietnamese art, handicrafts, and artisanal products. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Live calypso music and stands for paintings, pottery, and other handicrafts round out a perfect evening in Barbados. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Vendors were selling watermelons, pineapples and other fruit at the market, as well as handicrafts and fans. Kirsty Wigglesworth, The Seattle Times, "Meghan rushed through Fiji market filled with royal-watchers," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of handicraft

: an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands
: an object made by skillful use of your hands


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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