American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Skill and facility with the hands.
- n. A craft or occupation requiring skilled use of the hands.
- n. An object that is crafted by skilled hands.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Manual labor; hand-work in general.
- n. Specifically Skilled labor with the hands; manual skill or expertness.
- n. A manual employment or calling; a mechanical trade.
- n. A handicraftsman.
- Belonging to a manual trade or mechanical art.
- n. A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft. - Joseph Addison
- n. rare A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman. - John Dryden
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft.
- n. rare A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman.
- n. a craft that requires skillful hands
- n. a work produced by hand labor
- For handcraft, influenced by handiwork; Old English handcræft (Wiktionary)
- Middle English handecraft, from Old English handcræft : hand, hand + cræft, craft. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As she explains, an authentic Mexican handicraft is created by "an artist whose family may have done the same work for generations and who has lovingly formed, molded and put his soul into his work.”
“The principal handicraft is the production of stoneware crockery.”
“There was a movement, begun in the early Shwa years, to invest dignity in Japanese handicraft or folk art, the mingei movement, advocated by Yanagi Setsu (18891961).”
“Nevertheless let no one think that because sanitary nursing is the subject of these notes, therefore, what may be called the handicraft of nursing is to be undervalued.”
“Would you also include, in the National Gallery, what may be called the handicraft of a nation -- works for domestic use or ornament?”
“In an alcove to the side of one of the exhibits, a young man sat in a room full of a kind of handicraft we have not seen anywhere else.”
“Things that can be bought and traded such as handicraft, commercial merchan - dise, ships, and many other articles, change hands more easily and ubiquitously than land.”
“But he esteeming all kind of handicraft and invention to make engines, and generally all manner of sciences bringing common commodity by the use of them, to be but vile, beggarly, and mercenary dross: employed his wit and study only to write things, the beauty and subtlety whereof were not mingled anything at all with necessity.”
“On the other hand, those employments which properly fall to the industrious class are ignoble; such as handicraft or other productive labor, menial services and the like.”
“There is, in the graceful description of a domestic visit such as we might receive any day, and in an account of any kind of handicraft, an infinity of material and form, and the Naïve shows the full nature of the Divine.”
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