work·​man | \ ˈwərk-mən How to pronounce workman (audio) \

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But in March of last year, a local court ruled in Mr. Fintiklis’s favor and a workman pried off the silver T-R-U-M-P name from the 70-story property, Panama’s tallest building. Ben Protess, New York Times, "A Former Business Partner Alleges the Trumps Evaded Taxes in Panama," 3 June 2019 His stint at Chloé paralleled the rise of designers from backroom workmen to stars worthy of the spotlight. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 For within the uniformity of Gothicism sat the great freedom of the workman, his life and liberty struck into the doorways and windows. Tristram Hunt, WSJ, "Elegy for the Floating City," 25 Jan. 2019 Owing to the extensive use of machinery and to division of labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. Tristram Hunt, WSJ, "Elegy for the Floating City," 25 Jan. 2019 Farmers and workmen hurried through the frame, giving jerky, self-conscious waves before ducking into Beckner’s Jewelers, Shelby Stevens Fine Clothes, The Model, G.C. Murphy, Western Auto, J.C. Penney —all gone now. Daniel Lee, WSJ, "Could the Internet Power a Small-Town Renaissance?," 21 Nov. 2018 Umayyad mosques were known for their wall mosaics, and historical accounts claim that an early 8th century Byzantine emperor sent tiles and skilled workmen to the Umayyad caliph for the mosques of Damascus in Syria and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 Timorese workmen are touching up the final details, overseen by Chinese supervisors. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Power Play: Tiny East Timor Bets Big on Oil and Gas," 13 Oct. 2018 Back in 2008, this120-year-old workman's cottage was the definition of rundown: The kitchen was in disrepair, the layout was the opposite of open and inviting, and there was a two-story barn in the back that was crumbling from the inside out. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A 1890 Victorian Manor Gets an Industrial Renovation," 21 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of workman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of workman was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of workman

: a skilled worker (such as an electrician or carpenter)


work·​man | \ ˈwərk-mən How to pronounce workman (audio) \
plural workmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of workman

2 : a skilled worker (as a carpenter)

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