workmanship

noun
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

Lagerfeld launched the Métiers d’Art concept in 2002 in order to celebrate the workmanship of the ateliers that Chanel acquired via its Paraffection subsidiary. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 Beyond the dreamlike destination aspect of the annual show, Métiers d’Art is a valuable exercise in deciphering and perpetuating workmanship as a language. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 Lemarié’s artistic director is Christelle Kocher of Koché, who brings a sense of youthful, Parisian edge to the traditional workmanship, which also includes couture embellishments of textiles, from geometric origami folds to frilly ruffles. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 But Zidell said the comments ignored past problems with metal quality and workmanship that led his company to sever a prior relationship with U.S. Steel. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Accusations fly as firms seek to avoid Trump’s steel tariff," 31 July 2018 Raffile also highlighted the quality of workmanship by builder Jeff Respler, and the range of customization options available. James Alexander, courant.com, "Property of the week: Beckley Farms, Berlin," 2 Mar. 2018 Given such stringent demands, the level of workmanship and imagination in these works is remarkably high. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018 The cuts are then judged on technique and skill, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish and presentation. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramento beats out Paris and Sao Paulo to host 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge," 11 July 2018 The potential woes are many: poor workmanship, countless delays and a bill that seems to keep growing. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "How to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of workmanship

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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workmanship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of workmanship

: the quality of the work that is done by someone

workmanship

noun
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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