hand·​work | \ ˈhand-ˌwərk How to pronounce handwork (audio) \

Definition of handwork

: work done with the hands and not by machines : handiwork

Other Words from handwork

handworker \ ˈhand-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce handwork (audio) \ noun

Examples of handwork in a Sentence

She wore a beaded dress that required many hours of handwork.
Recent Examples on the Web Rao has come to love the irregularities that result from handwork and that allow evidence of care and process to remain right at the surface. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 While their creations are certainly fashion-forward, Andreev and Komarova are deeply committed to reviving traditional Russian handwork. Vogue, 5 Aug. 2021 From its rectangular case to its semi-transparent enameling and engraving on the dial, the Cabaret Tourbillion Handwerkskunst is a refined piece with that features a lot of handwork. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 14 July 2021 This collection is brought to life through handwork and natural dying. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Elizabeth learned the arts of serving tea, managing a household and decorative handwork. Martha Saxton, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 Illuminating the central themes of Clark’s art—including heritage, labor, language and visibility—the show aims to reveal her radical ability to combine an intensity of handwork and subject matter with an economy of form. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 In his mind, digital media and new technologies coexist harmoniously with craftsmanship and handwork. April Long, Town & Country, 2 Mar. 2021 Marrying old and new was a Rabanne signature; handwork wasn’t incompatible with cutting-edge materials and production for him. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of handwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Handwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwork. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handwork

: work done with your hands and not by a machine


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