arts and crafts

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the handcrafting and decoration of especially utilitarian objects.


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Origin of arts and crafts

First recorded in 1885–90
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How to use arts and crafts in a sentence

  • You can follow up this trip with an arts and crafts project, dessert session, or Lego activity that allows you and your child to properly model these distinct layers, which is a fun way to keep the discussion going.

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

    Winona of the Camp Fire|Margaret Widdemer
  • Aside from a few arts-and-crafts potters who of necessity must work on a very limited scale we are training no pottery-makers.

    The Story of Porcelain|Sara Ware Bassett

British Dictionary definitions for arts and crafts

Arts and Crafts

pl n
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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