piece·​work | \ˈpēs-ˌwərk \

Definition of piecework 

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

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Other Words from piecework

pieceworker \ˈpēs-​ˌwər-​kər \ noun

Examples of piecework in a Sentence

doing piecework in a factory

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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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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 \

Legal Definition of piecework 

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

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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