hand·​made | \ ˈhan(d)-ˈmād How to pronounce handmade (audio) \

Definition of handmade

: made by hand or by a hand process

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Synonyms for handmade


handcrafted, handwrought

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Examples of handmade in a Sentence

received a handmade sweater at the baby shower

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Jennifer handed me a little handmade leather bound book and told me to read it. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "14 Things You Didn't Know About HGTV Home Town Stars Ben and Erin Napier," 8 Mar. 2019 Durrer Gasse’s curation of handmade home goods, eclectic finds, and local art serves as a collective ode to the island’s vibe: both distinctly Ibizan and undoubtedly global. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 The street also hosts a weekly Saturday farmers market, with vendors selling produce, prepared foods, and handmade items. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 What Mikkelsen is offering is something a bit more special, something handmade and striking. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Behind Copenhagen’s Coolest New Line of Velvet Bodysuits," 28 Jan. 2019 Fantastic Forest: Come see hundreds of handmade animal ornaments hanging from 63 evergreen trees. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Year's Eve Weekend Guide: Things to do with kids in Milwaukee the weekend of Dec. 29," 27 Dec. 2017 Others sell handmade soaps, essential oil blends or painting lessons. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six Milwaukee businesses open pop-up shops near downtown," 13 June 2018 Find great deals on plants, antiques, jewelry, pottery, flower arrangements, crafts, books, handmade soap, food and more. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Shepard Center hosts huge spring sale | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 The result is a new sort of indie rock that is chipper, rinky-dink, self-consciously handmade with discount-store melodies and neon attitude. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The New Indie Pop: Off-Kilter, Handmade, Whimsical and Emotional," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of handmade

1809, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handmade

: made with the hands or by using hand tools


hand·​made | \ ˈhand-ˈmād How to pronounce handmade (audio) \

Kids Definition of handmade

: made by hand rather than by machine a handmade rug

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