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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The event celebrates the diverse indigenous communities of our neighboring southern country through performances of music and dance, as well as displays of clothing and other handicraft. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Pitchfork Festival, ComplexCon, Taste of Korea, Silver Room Block Party," 18 July 2019 For four days, those in attendance heard traditional music, tasted traditional Iranian cuisine and viewed handicrafts and paintings as well as attended plays and film screenings. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Toronto festival highlights Iranian culture, food," 10 Aug. 2019 Along with agricultural, horticultural, handicraft, and livestock competitions, the schedule includes live music, Sunday’s pancake breakfast, kids’ activities, and four varieties of pulling contest: tractor, truck, horse, and oxen. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do, July 29-Aug. 11," 29 July 2018 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

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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 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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to make a temporary encampment

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