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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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 Children’s activities include seasonal farm projects, mindfulness, yoga, contemplative handwork and ritual. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kids listings," 30 Apr. 2018 My clothes aren’t fully couture, but there is a lot of handwork. Emily Farra, Vogue, "These Designers Are Changing the Look (and Future) of Fashion in Saudi Arabia," 23 Apr. 2018 Many members contributed handwork, fabric and time to the Opportunity Quilt, with one member doing the stitching free-hand. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Patchwork Pathways quilt exhibit features local art and talent," 22 Mar. 2018 With time, Solarshop evolved toward an emphasis on craft—handwork and tactility—and unique objects from around the world that the two find on their travels. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Is Antwerp’s Atelier Solarshop the Vibiest Store on Earth?," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of handwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handwork

: work done with your hands and not by a machine

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