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

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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 Snyder, 41, pursued her into the home and shot and killed a neighbor, a visitor and a workman, who by later accounts had tried to help his wife. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Maryland man who killed 3 in neighbor’s home was subject of 2014 domestic violence case," 14 May 2018 And, in what was to become one of the most frustrating archaeological discoveries ever, the workmen also found approximately 2,000 papyrus scrolls. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of workman

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

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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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