field·​work ˈfēld-ˌwərk How to pronounce fieldwork (audio)
: a temporary fortification thrown up by an army in the field
: work done in the field (as by students) to gain practical experience and knowledge through firsthand observation
: the gathering of anthropological or sociological data through the interviewing and observation of subjects in the field
field-worker noun

Examples of fieldwork in a Sentence

an anthropologist who has done fieldwork in the South Pacific
Recent Examples on the Web During anthropological fieldwork from 1999 to 2006, Dr. Naji explored high mountain valleys, focusing on the collective granaries where villagers stored their crops. Aida Alami, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Live termites are most easily observed in the early morning, so time of day matters during fieldwork. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 26 July 2023 Five years of fieldwork in Manchuria formed the basis of her thesis. Naï Zakharia, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023 By the end of our fieldwork, only ten percent of Tunisians had a positive view of the United States. Michael Robbins, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2023 Lindgren’s scholarly interests included the methodologies of fieldwork, social psychology, shamanism, human-animal relations and material culture. Naï Zakharia, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023 An enormous whale shark can be seen feeding on a bustling school of anchovies off the coast of Hawaii in new, rare video, which researchers captured while conducting fieldwork around the island of Oahu earlier this month. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023 As a result of her hearing loss, Benedict didn’t use audio recording devices like other anthropologists did when conducting fieldwork. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 Ong’s penetrating fieldwork over this period revealed how officials were often able to evict residents from their housing without triggering a massive backlash. Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fieldwork was in 1686

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“Fieldwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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