Definition of handicraft in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandēˌkraft/


(often handicrafts)
1A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand: the traditional handicrafts of this region teachers of drawing, design, and handicraft [as modifier]: handicraft workshops
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  • A wide range of wooden statues, ready-made garments, decorative greeting cards, handicrafts items and eateries were on display.
  • A Cheam interior design company is offering people with creative flair the chance to learn new skills at workshops set up to revive interest in traditional handicrafts.
  • Other handicrafts include woodcarving and basketry.
1.1An object made using a handicraft: pottery and handicrafts decorate the rooms and hallways
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  • Booths along Beach Road will be selling Thai handicrafts, clothing, decorative items and other merchandise, along with food and drink.
  • There will be Swedish handicrafts and traditional Swedish food, and the highlight of the day is the Queen of Light and her attendants singing Christmas carols.
  • Besides the traditional handicrafts, the exhibition also has cosmetic items, motorcycles, tyres and electronic items.


Middle English: alteration of handcraft, on the pattern of handiwork.

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Syllabification: hand·i·craft

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