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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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  • Machinery is a triumph of handicraft as truly as sculpture and architecture.

  • Cellini was remarkable for his readiness and dexterity in handicraft.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • We admit so much, but our handicraft was certainly not to blame.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Yet perhaps he succeeded as well in it as he would have done at any handicraft.

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • The joint is self-wedging and will be of interest to handicraft Instructors.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • It is a real jubilee to practise one's handicraft there on a grand scale.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • At the very least it is a handicraft: at the best it is an art.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • It is due to Manchester that Indian handicraft has all but disappeared.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • The Jews are much oppressed in this place, and live by the exercise of handicraft.

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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