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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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  • Some beautiful specimens of his handicraft remain in the possession of Mr. T. M. Whitehead.

  • Yet perhaps he succeeded as well in it as he would have done at any handicraft.

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • Chemistry was for them a branch of natural science; of late years it has too much tended to degenerate into a handicraft.

    Heroes of Science M. M. Pattison Muir
  • Cellini was remarkable for his readiness and dexterity in handicraft.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Gudrun and the father were busy at the handicraft holiday school there, Ursula was left a good deal with the children.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • We admit so much, but our handicraft was certainly not to blame.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • It was while we were browsing around Ghent that the ladies discovered a bit of handicraft that seems worth mentioning.

    The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
  • It is a real jubilee to practise one's handicraft there on a grand scale.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • If an artisan has taken a son to bring up, and has caused him to learn his handicraft, no one has any claim.

    The Oldest Code of Laws in the World Hammurabi, King of Babylon
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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