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


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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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 The government in 2015 began a labeling initiative to promote the quality of handicrafts and to protect Moroccan tradition. Sophie Pollock, USA TODAY, "Crafting mosaic tile is an endangered tradition. Here are the folks keeping it alive," 7 June 2018 The new government in Rome has previously said that sanctions on Russia damaged Italy’s agriculture industry and its design and handicraft sectors. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Trump: Russia Should Be Allowed Back Into G-8 Bloc," 8 June 2018 Masaya was until recently a vibrant place popular with tourists for its handicraft market. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "Nicaragua's revolutionary town now a war zone defended by teenagers armed with rocks," 7 June 2018 Morocco's artisan industries employ 2.5 million to 3 million people, in a country of more than 35 million, according to La Maison de L'Artisanat, a public organization created to promote Moroccan handicrafts. Sophie Pollock, USA TODAY, "Crafting mosaic tile is an endangered tradition. Here are the folks keeping it alive," 7 June 2018 Set up to revitalize the handicraft industry of Siem Reap, artisans are chosen from poor, disadvantaged, rural communities. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 By processing seal hides at a commercial scale, the village has been able to sell tanned skins back to hunters and their families for use as raw material in handicrafts and clothing sold around Alaska. Zach Hughes, latimes.com, "Tanning seal hides on the edge of the world: A foothold in the global economy in rural Alaska," 2 May 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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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 \

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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