Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Skill and facility with the hands.
  • noun A craft or occupation requiring skilled use of the hands.
  • noun An object that is crafted by skilled hands.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Manual labor; hand-work in general.
  • noun Specifically Skilled labor with the hands; manual skill or expertness.
  • noun A manual employment or calling; a mechanical trade.
  • noun A handicraftsman.
  • Belonging to a manual trade or mechanical art.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft.
  • noun rare A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft. - Joseph Addison
  • noun rare A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman. - John Dryden

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a craft that requires skillful hands
  • noun a work produced by hand labor

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English handecraft, from Old English handcræft : hand, hand + cræft, craft.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

For handcraft, influenced by handiwork; Old English handcræft

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