made by hand, rather than by machine: the luxury of handmade shoes.

Origin of handmade

First recorded in 1605–15; hand + made
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Examples from the Web for hand-made

Contemporary Examples of hand-made

  • I think of this piece as a new Duchampian sub-species you might call a "hand-made readymade".

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    Duchamp's Time Machine

    Blake Gopnik

    May 2, 2012

  • There are gorgeous neighborhoods like Rosebank and Parkhurst with impressive art galleries and hand-made jewelry.

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    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    July 10, 2010

Historical Examples of hand-made

British Dictionary definitions for hand-made



made by hand, not by machine, esp with care or craftsmanship
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Word Origin and History for hand-made

also handmade, 1610s, from hand (n.) + made.

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