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- A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft.
- 1712 April 26 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, “TUESDAY, April 15, 1712”, in The Spectator, number 354; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume I, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC:
- I regard the Grand Seignior , who is obliged , by an express command in the Alcoran , to learn and practise some handicraft trade
- An artifact produced by handicraft.
- (rare, obsolete) A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman.
- 1596, Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traueller: or, The Life of Jacke Wilton:
- his men were all baſe handie craftes, as coblers, and curriers, and tinkers, whereof ſome had barres of yron […]
- 1672, John Dryden, The Assignation, or Love in a Nunnery:
- the Handicrafts-Shops begin to open
- 1691, Sam Norris, The English Spy; Or, the Intrigues, Pollicies, and Stratagems of the French King with His Secret Contrivances, for Undermining the Princes of Christendom, Discovered:
- The M[e]chanicks, and handy-crafts were Induſtrious, Thrifty, and the main ſupporters of the Trade of France.
trade requiring skill of hand