What does handicraft mean?

Definitions for handicraftˈhæn diˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word handicraft.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. handicraft, handcraft, handiwork, handwork(noun)

    a work produced by hand labor

  2. handicraft(noun)

    a craft that requires skillful hands


  1. handicraft(Noun)

    A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft. - Joseph Addison

  2. handicraft(Noun)

    A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman. - John Dryden

  3. Origin: For handcraft, influenced by handiwork; handcræft

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handicraft(noun)

    a trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft

  2. Handicraft(noun)

    a man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman

  3. Origin: [For handcraft, influenced by handiwork; AS. handcrft.]


  1. Handicraft

    A handicraft, sometimes more precisely expressed as artisanal handicraft, is any of a wide variety of types of work where useful and decorative objects are made completely by hand or by using only simple tools. It is a traditional main sector of craft, and applies to a wide range of creative and design activities that are related to making things with one's hands and skill, including work with textiles, moldable and rigid materials, paper, plant fibers, etc. Usually the term is applied to traditional techniques of creating items that are both practical and aesthetic. Collective terms for handicrafts include artisanry, handicrafting, crafting, and handicraftsmanship. The term arts and crafts is also applied, especially in the United States and mostly to hobbyists' and children's output rather than items crafted for daily use, but this distinction is not formal, and the term is easily confused with the Arts and Crafts design movement, which is in fact as practical as it is aesthetic. Handicrafting has its roots in the rural crafts—the material-goods necessities—of ancient civilizations, and many specific crafts have been practiced for centuries, while others are modern inventions, or popularizations of crafts which were originally practiced in a limited geographic area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handicraft

    hand′i-kraft, n. a manual craft or trade.—n. Hand′icraftsman, a man skilled in a manual art:—fem. Hand′icraftswoman.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handicraft in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handicraft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leo Tolstoy:

    Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

  2. Saadi Shirazi:

    Though you may yourself abound in treasure, teach your son some handicraft; for a heavy purse of gold and silver may run to waste, but the purse of the artisan?s industry can never get empty.

Images & Illustrations of handicraft

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