handicraft

[han-dee-kraft, -krahft]
noun
1.
manual skill.
2.
an art, craft, or trade in which the skilled use of one's hands is required.
3.
the articles made by handicraft: a shop offering the handicraft of various South American nations.
Also, handcraft.


Origin:
1225–75; Middle English hendi craft dexterous skill. See handy, craft

handicraftship, noun
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handicraft (ˈhændɪˌkrɑːft)
 
n
1.  skill or dexterity in working with the hands
2.  a particular skill or art performed with the hands, such as weaving, pottery, etc
3.  Also called: handcraft the work produced by such a skill or art: local handicraft is on sale
 
[C15: changed from handcraft through the influence of handiwork, which was analysed as if handy + work]
 
'handicraftsman
 
n

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handicraft
O.E. handcræft "skill of the hand," later hændecraft (c.1200).
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Example sentences
She directs us up to the handicraft shop and disappears to prepare for the
  service.
They work in their garden or at some handicraft or art, or they study, being
  furnished with proper tools and with books.
Of these not one has learnt anything of handicraft, but they are given up to
  war entirely.
Buy fresh fruit, fish and meat or browse the handicraft stalls for locally
  produced arts and crafts.
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