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handicraft

[han-dee-kraft, -krahft] /ˈhæn diˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
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
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English hendi craft dexterous skill. See handy, craft
Related forms
handicraftship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for handicraftship

handicraft

/ˈhændɪˌkrɑːft/
noun
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
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 handicraftship

handicraft

n.

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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