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

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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 handicraft sector was crushed, the fledgling IT industry and startups were wiped out. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Imagine the Indian lockdown without the internet and phones. Now think Kashmir," 26 Mar. 2020 Mark was a regular at the Dulan Sugar Factory, an old Japanese space where locals would cram in to listen to Taiwanese punk and indie rock among pop-ups selling driftwood handicrafts. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Taiwan's Hot Springs and Tea Plantations," 7 Feb. 2020 With the government’s assistance, thousands of former female insurgents have started small home businesses, tailoring clothing, making handicrafts or selling food. Maria Paulina Arango, The Conversation, "A guerrilla-to-entrepreneur plan in Colombia leaves some new businesswomen isolated and at risk," 26 Feb. 2020 But female farmers usually earn more money off the farm, by selling poultry or handicrafts, than men do. Saleh Ahmed, The Conversation, "Climate change impacts in Bangladesh show how geography, wealth and culture affect vulnerability," 11 Feb. 2020 Large, open-air market behind the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, beside the Lancang river, with hundreds of stalls selling a wide variety of food, textiles and local handicrafts, as well as live entertainment. Anna Hartley, Washington Post, "A scenic spin through southwestern China’s verdant hills," 24 Jan. 2020 Tens of thousands of artisans were rendered jobless after handicrafts couldn’t be sold online. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Over 4,000 hours of internet shutdowns cost India more than $1.3 billion in 2019," 7 Jan. 2020 Mogo, once reliant on gold and timber, has in recent decades drawn tourists with its handicraft shops and a gold-mining museum, all of which burned in last week’s fire. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "The Springs Ran Dry. Then This Australian Town Burned.," 6 Jan. 2020 The Kashmir Box, the most prominent e-commerce venture in the region, ships local produce and handicrafts to 50 countries. Washington Post, "India’s Internet shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in a democracy," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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26 Apr 2020

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“Handicraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handicraft. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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