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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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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