[ 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


hand·i·craft·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for handicraft

/ (ˈhændɪˌkrɑːft) /


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 artlocal handicraft is on sale

Derived forms of handicraft

handicraftsman, noun

Word Origin for handicraft

C15: changed from handcraft through the influence of handiwork, which was analysed as if handy + work
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