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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The 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.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English handecraft, from Old English handcræft : hand, hand + cræft, craft.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
For handcraft, influenced by handiwork; Old English handcræft (Wiktionary)

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