handicraft

noun
hand·​i·​craft | \ ˈhan-di-ˌkraft , -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 , -​dē-​ \ noun

Synonyms for handicraft

Synonyms

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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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 For a wealth of Mexican handicrafts and goods, look no further than the flea market on the sand island, Isla Río Cuale. Alex Vros, Fox News, "Puerto Vallarta: How this popular Hollywood haunt became a world-class getaway," 19 July 2018 Where to Shop Galería Cano stocks authentic pre-Columbian jewelry and high-end handicrafts. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Her casual, easy-going attire helps the contestants feel at ease and lets their handicrafts shine. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "Amy Poehler's Making It Overalls Are the Only Pure Thing Left in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 From food and handicrafts to music and dance, the festival, taking place in late June and early July, will provide an intimate look at an extremely complex nation. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture," 25 June 2018 When the Puritans arrived in North America in the 1620s and 1630s, the Narragansetts—really a confederation of tribes—were mostly peaceable, subsisting on fishing, trapping, farming and handicrafts. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘God, War, and Providence’ Review: When Conquest Was Puritanical," 13 June 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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handicraft

noun

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

handicraft

noun
hand·​i·​craft | \ ˈhan-di-ˌkraft \

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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