piece·​work | \ ˈpēs-ˌwərk How to pronounce piecework (audio) \

Definition of piecework

: work done by the piece and paid for at a set rate per unit

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pieceworker \ ˈpēs-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce pieceworker (audio) \ noun

Examples of piecework in a Sentence

doing piecework in a factory
Recent Examples on the Web When Maine’s economy suffered from the oil crisis in the Seventies, and my father’s wages stalled, my mother picked apples, did piecework for Bass shoes, and worked as a school secretary to supplement their income. Kerri Arsenault, The New York Review of Books, "My Eighty-Six Jobs," 1 Sep. 2020 The economic pain has been getting worse as people lose even the odd jobs and piecework that helped them pay bills. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Tribal Nations Face Most Severe Crisis in Decades as the Coronavirus Closes Casinos," 11 May 2020 Data labeling is generally poorly paid, and performed as digital piecework, but Samasource says workers receive opportunities for advancement and a living wage that in East Africa is more than 40 percent above local minimum wage. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Pandemic Brings Some African Tech Workers Luxe Lodging," 19 May 2020 Kyoto Animation distinguished itself by paying its workers salaries, rather than by assigning piecework, as many other studios do, said Susan Napier, an expert on Japanese animation at Tufts University. Motoko Rich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kyoto Animation Studio Arson Kills 33, Shocking Japan," 18 July 2019 My father worked in a raincoat factory, doing piecework from 7 in the morning until midnight. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A British Collector Puts the Art in Department Store," 6 Aug. 2017 Rosa had secured a job at the Stockton Sewing Company doing piecework and Raymond was barbering again. Jeanne Theoharis, The Root, "The Story of Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Reveals Hard Truths About Her Life in the ‘Northern Promised Land That Wasn’t’," 7 Sep. 2017 Her mother took in piecework to turn out on a sewing machine. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Tina J. Angelini, 87, Glassboro teacher who believed in education," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of piecework

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piecework was in 1549

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18 Sep 2020

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“Piecework.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piecework. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of piecework

: work in which you are paid for each thing you make or do and not for the amount of time you work


piece·​work | \ ˈpēs-ˌwərk How to pronounce piecework (audio) \

Legal Definition of piecework

: work done by the piece and paid for at a set rate per unit

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