work·​man·​ship ˈwərk-mən-ˌship How to pronounce workmanship (audio)
: something effected, made, or produced : work
: 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 With a limited 10-year global warranty, shoppers can rest assured this purchase will last for the long run, knowing that any defects in materials or workmanship will be covered. Sophie Mendel, Travel + Leisure, 6 Nov. 2023 All homes were well-maintained but had similar construction problems, including leaking windows and doors, cracking or separating masonry veneer, cracking slabs and foundations and poor workmanship, Whitlock said. Mitchell Parton, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 Everything about the saw is excellent, from its workmanship to its reliable cordless power to the accuracy of its cut. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 26 June 2023 Visitors milled around custom bikes and chatted with builders about their workmanship. Kayla Nguyen, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2023 As a trusted renovation company, Peach Renovations' professionalism, experience, and workmanship have earned them several notable career highlights, including recognition for outstanding customer service and excellent work. Kristen Lynch, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 Customers are impressed with the workmanship and durability, too. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2023 There’s the lifetime argument, which is obvious—this design has lasted much longer than anyone could have expected, even just in terms of parts and workmanship. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Apr. 2023 There are functional reasons to consider workmanship as well. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of workmanship was in the 15th century

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“Workmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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work·​man·​ship ˈwərk-mən-ˌship How to pronounce workmanship (audio)
: the art or skill of a workman : craftsmanship
: the quality of a piece of work
the excellent workmanship of the desk

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