hand·​made | \ˈhan(d)-ˈmād \

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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Design Academy Eindhoven Labor ends up being the most expensive part of manufacturing, which is why industrialists invented the assembly line and automated production and why unique handmade goods are so expensive. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 That means all notions, needles, blocking wires and books (handmade bags, jewelry and shawl pins are not included) are 25 percent off. Mary Mooney, OregonLive.com, "House of A La Mode at Knotty Lamb; sale at Wool 'N Wares," 1 May 2018 Ibu is a brand that sells clothing and home goods that are handmade by female artisans around the world, an aspect that’s very important to MacGraw. Linda Marx, PEOPLE.com, "Ali MacGraw Launches Her Second Clothing Line Collection - and It Gives Back in a Major Way," 5 Apr. 2018 Just like the popular blankets, the $51 holiday goodie is handmade with soft, chunky wool. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Chunky Knit Santa Hat Will Be the Coziest Thing You Wear All Winter," 21 Oct. 2017 Named for her mother, the handmade bag is small—8 inches by 9 inches—and boxy, with a square base and two top handles. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "The Story Behind Susan Alexandra, Fashion's Most Delightful Handbag Brand," 15 Oct. 2018 Aside from booze, Portugal’s second city has some of the best scenery in the country—and some of the best shopping, too: think idiosyncratic artwork, crafts, and handmade clothing. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The pasta is handmade next door at its sibling restaurant Spinasse on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s best high-end Italian restaurants. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 2018 That process involved installing handmade replica tiles, new windows, as well as restoring the original adobe. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Stunning Pueblo Revival home asks $3.8M," 23 Aug. 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 \

Kids Definition of handmade

: made by hand rather than by machine a handmade rug

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