Definition of handicraft in English:


Line breaks: han¦di|craft
Pronunciation: /ˈhandɪkrɑːft


[mass noun] (also handicrafts)
  • 1Activity involving the making of decorative domestic or other objects by hand: the traditional handicrafts of this region
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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.
    craft, handiwork, craftwork; craftsmanship, workmanship, artisanship, art, skill
  • 1.1Decorative domestic objects made by hand.
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    • The Cottage Industries Emporium here opened shop in 1984, and is considered a one-stop destination to buy varied handicraft and handloom products from all over the country.
    • ‘They regard their creations only as mass handicraft products instead of valuable art forms,’ she added.
    • Small-scale agriculture has been the backbone of the economy, with some light industry, mainly handicraft and garment production.


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

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