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[han-dee-kraft, -krahft]
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  1. manual skill.
  2. an art, craft, or trade in which the skilled use of one's hands is required.
  3. the articles made by handicraft: a shop offering the handicraft of various South American nations.
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Also handcraft.

Origin of handicraft

1225–75; Middle English hendi craft dexterous skill. See handy, craft
Related formshand·i·craft·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for handicraft


  1. skill or dexterity in working with the hands
  2. a particular skill or art performed with the hands, such as weaving, pottery, etc
  3. Also called: handcraft the work produced by such a skill or artlocal handicraft is on sale
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Derived Formshandicraftsman, 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.

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