pen·​man·​ship | \ ˈpen-mən-ˌship How to pronounce penmanship (audio) \

Definition of penmanship

1 : the art or practice of writing with the pen
2 : quality or style of handwriting

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Examples of penmanship in a Sentence

My third grade teacher thought it was important for us to learn penmanship. doctors are famous for their illegible penmanship
Recent Examples on the Web This one, still with the signature LA penmanship on the chest, was inspired by her boys and offers options for kids. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 9 June 2022 Professor Calkins became a revolutionary leader in education by bringing these practices to young children at a time when penmanship, spelling and sentence structure were often a bigger focus. New York Times, 22 May 2022 With honest penmanship, the song tells the story of a person who’s silently in love with someone else and dying on the inside. Ingrid Fajardo, Billboard, 6 May 2022 But at the same time, sometimes your penmanship can fail you. Brendan O'meara, Longreads, 10 May 2022 Inside, the children discover a quirky cohort of scribes who are responsible for producing invitations, place cards and other triumphs of penmanship for the royal household. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 York also instituted community play days and penmanship campaigns. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 She could sometimes be found at a nurses station, giving a handful of physicians pointers about penmanship. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2022 Way beyond her age, however, VF7 has evolved in her penmanship and melodies, experimenting with punk rock and perreo for a different approach. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of penmanship

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of penmanship was in 1695

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20 Jun 2022

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“Penmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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pen·​man·​ship | \ ˈpen-mən-ˌship How to pronounce penmanship (audio) \

Kids Definition of penmanship

: style or quality of handwriting

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