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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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 Simone Giertz, a YouTuber and inventor, went to the trouble of cutting up a Tesla Model 3 to make her own handicraft electric pickup. Time, "Automakers Are Going All In on Electric Pickups. Will Anyone Buy Them?," 16 Apr. 2021 India remains one of the last great handicraft cultures. Charu Suri, National Geographic, "The surprising history of India’s vibrant sari tradition," 6 Oct. 2020 The handicraft marketplace is one of three companies to gain admission to the S&P 500, and shares are up 1% in premarket trading. Alex Frangos, WSJ, "Tesla, Apple, Amazon Down Premarket: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 8 Sep. 2020 Disguising or manipulating the form, simply, meddles with God’s handicraft. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Actually, Iconic Documentary: An Absorbing Hour with Richard Estes," 22 Aug. 2020 Patchwork has been used by cultures around the world for centuries, and this handicraft still has a beloved place in our homes today. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Nostalgic Home Trends You'll Absolutely Love from Anthropologie's New Fall Line," 21 Aug. 2020 All of Hillbrook’s structures are made by hand by an Amish community known for its handicraft. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Will Be the Summer of the Backyard Guest House," 19 June 2020 The internet lockdown also hurt Kashmir’s economy as tens of thousands of artisans became jobless when their handicrafts couldn’t be sold online. Washington Post, "India keeps lid on Kashmir’s internet 6 months into lockdown," 14 Feb. 2020 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

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Handicraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handicraft. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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