skill set


: a set of skills
especially : a collection of skills and abilities that can be applied to a professional or creative endeavor
She chooses to pursue a position in public relations—"journalism's evil twin"—reasoning that it will require much the same "skill set" that a published writer has. Alexandra Jacobs
Cauchetier's skill set—he was both a high-wire documentarian and, in effect, a director of fictions—uniquely qualified him to share in the multifarious spirit of the New Wave. Richard Brody

Examples of skill set in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of those things from an athlete’s pinpoint are all skill sets that (will) help me in this seat ... Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 14 May 2024 Beatty especially likes that Odunze will get to learn from receivers with contrasting skill sets. Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for skill set 

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skill set was in 1976

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“Skill set.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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