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

Definition of handwork

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

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

Examples of handwork in a Sentence

She wore a beaded dress that required many hours of handwork.

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In fact, the price of a gown with the brand only increases should added handwork, like embroidery, be required, which would be something only the client would request. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 Pieces highlighting colorful stones are meant to evoke thoughts of the beading and embroidery house founded by Pavlovich’s sister, Marie, who indeed provided handwork for Chanel’s designs. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 Now, more than half of its products are hand-painted or involve handwork, said Chief Executive Richard Tinberg. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "As China Tariffs Loom, Some U.S. Companies Say Buying American Isn’t an Option," 16 June 2019 The silent auction features baskets of fat quarters and boutique of handwork made by members. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kiwanis Club supports Meals on Wheels for 35 years," 12 June 2019 Highly collectible, their steep price tags were testament to the intricate handwork required of their make. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 The handwork was done in layers, to give the gown more dimension and visual interest as the bride moved. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Inside the Dior Atelier for the Making of Chiara Ferragni's 3 Wedding Dresses," 4 Sep. 2018 Each one required weeks of handwork and thousands of crystals. Vogue, "Judith Leiber, the Fabergé of Handbags, Has Died," 30 Apr. 2018 The time-consuming and tricky handwork alone involved in deboning the wings is well worth $7 for two. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Chicken game changer: Cambodian stuffed wings," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of handwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handwork was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of handwork

: work done with your hands and not by a machine

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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