hand·​made ˈhan(d)-ˈmād How to pronounce handmade (audio)
: made by hand or by a hand process

Examples of handmade in a Sentence

received a handmade sweater at the baby shower
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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handmade was in 1809

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“Handmade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handmade. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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hand·​made ˈhan(d)-ˈmād How to pronounce handmade (audio)
: made by hand or with hand tools

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