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[han-dee-kraft, -krahft] /ˈhæn diˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
manual skill.
an art, craft, or trade in which the skilled use of one's hands is required.
the articles made by handicraft:
a shop offering the handicraft of various South American nations.
Also, handcraft.
Origin of handicraft
1225-75; Middle English hendi craft dexterous skill. See handy, craft
Related forms
handicraftship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handicraft
  • 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.
  • Monthly handicraft editions also are published, which feature items handcrafted by the advertisers.
  • Other recipients of the award included agriculturalists and artisan and handicraft producers.
  • The handicraft market has begun to expand into export markets for a range of products.
  • Many merchants will accept dollars for larger tourist handicraft purchases.
British Dictionary definitions for handicraft


skill or dexterity in working with the hands
a particular skill or art performed with the hands, such as weaving, pottery, etc
Also called handcraft. the work produced by such a skill or art: local handicraft is on sale
Derived Forms
handicraftsman, noun
Word Origin
C15: changed from handcraft through the influence of handiwork, which was analysed as if handy + work
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Word Origin and History for handicraft

Old English handcræft "skill of the hand," from hand (n.) + craft (n.). Later hændecraft (c.1200), perhaps from influence of handiwork.

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