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arts and crafts

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noun
  1. the handcrafting and decoration of especially utilitarian objects.

Origin of arts and crafts

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for arts and crafts

Historical Examples

  • Weve sold most of your arts-and-crafts things, announced Winona.

    Winona of the Camp Fire

    Margaret Widdemer

  • They are developing the embryo of what was the arts-and-crafts idea into a really fine, useful and satisfying art form.

    Greenwich Village

    Anna Alice Chapin


British Dictionary definitions for arts and crafts

Arts and Crafts

pl n
  1. decorative handicraft and design, esp that of the Arts and Crafts movement, in late nineteenth-century Britain, which sought to revive medieval craftsmanship
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