work·​man·​ship | \ˈwərk-mən-ˌship \

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.

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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 One expert told a trial court last year that the workmanship exhibited the most partisan bias of any congressional map in the country. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Divided over partisan election maps, Supreme Court could learn a lesson from divided college campus," 14 June 2018 The workmanship is flawless, and the leather, wood, and suede elements exude richness. Al Haas,, "Roomy three-row SUVs appeal to 'child-raising generation'," 7 June 2018 To ensure that the workmanship is accurate, the Ryerson researchers turned to 1900s building manuals to relearn some of that era’s building techniques. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "The Quest to Recover a Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Building," 30 May 2018 Globes of the world, tables, crockery, necklaces of thousands of beads are all typically sold by their weight in lapis, $41 a pound to those in the know, often no extra charge for workmanship. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 The workmanship is poor and, arguably, not in full compliance with the terms of the contract. Howard Dakoff,, "If contractor isn't up to snuff, can association break contract without penalty?," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of workmanship

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of workmanship

: the quality of the work that is done by someone


work·​man·​ship | \ˈwərk-mən-ˌship \

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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