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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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 This grandmother would rather deplete her savings, start business ventures like her handmade pajamas, and be joined at the hip with Aleiyah every day. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 Hit up Bey Karaköy for Everlane-style minimalist menswear and cool-girl concept shop Mae Zae for handmade ceramics and funky wood and leather jewelry. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Its formwork, made from small strips of wood, is still visible through the white plaster—a deliberate choice intended to convey the building’s handmade nature. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Otherworldly new museum is built into a sand dune," 17 Dec. 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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