work·​man·​ship | \ ˈwərk-mən-ˌship How to pronounce workmanship (audio) \

Definition of workmanship

1 : something effected, made, or produced : work
2 : the art or skill of a workman also : the quality imparted to a thing in the process of making a vase of exquisite workmanship

Examples of workmanship in a Sentence

The problems were caused by cheap materials and poor workmanship. The excellent workmanship of the cabinets is remarkable.
Recent Examples on the Web But defectors and other North Koreans say that unreliable elevators and electricity, poor water supply, and concerns about workmanship mean that historically few people have wanted to live near the top of such structures. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 The interior offers exquisite workmanship and material quality from fabric, leather and new for 2021 Alcantara upholstery. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 In 1995, after months of working on the couple’s home, Gauthier and his team were fired for alleged shoddy workmanship, and the couple refused to pay for the work already done. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 3 Feb. 2022 Pursuant to Drew, because the repairs were not adequately performed, appellants alleged that they were entitled to damages caused by the defective workmanship. Chip Merlin, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Renault has refurbished its massive Togliatti plant on the banks of the Volga River and redesigned the cars to try to reverse local consumer perception of shoddy workmanship and style. Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 Investigators blamed the collapse on shoddy workmanship by the contractor, Segue Construction, which built the Library Garden apartment complex on Kittredge Street between 2005 and 2007. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Jan. 2022 If your Jeld-Wen window shows a defect in material or workmanship within the warranty period, the company will repair, replace, or refund the purchase price of the product or part. Debbie Wolfe, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Jan. 2022 This should be a festive way of taking that long curious look at tradition and workmanship. Kevin Dayhoff,, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of workmanship

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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“Workmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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work·​man·​ship | \ ˈwərk-mən-ˌship How to pronounce workmanship (audio) \

Kids Definition of workmanship

1 : the art or skill of a workman
2 : the quality of a piece of work They take pride in their good workmanship.

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