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 Express warranties offer coverage for one year of workmanship, two years for systems and 10 years for major structural issues. Dallas News, "New homes offer more benefits than ever, association says," 3 Jan. 2021 Everything has shifted, and really high-end workmanship, really high-end clothing, is getting further and further away. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Jenna Lyons’s J. Crew Afterlife," 27 Dec. 2020 Your eye for symmetry attracts you to things of intricate workmanship. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 26, 2020: Happy birthday Beth Behrs; Scorpio, take action on your dreams," 26 Dec. 2020 The workmanship and attention to detail by contractor David Noggerath are what make the rear blend seamlessly with the front of the house, where the existing baseboards, doors, windows, mantels, ceiling medallions and floors were expertly restored. R. Stephanie Bruno,, "Restoring an 1890s Bywater home gives north shore doctors a different kind of urban lifestyle," 9 Dec. 2020 This elegant chess set is Staunton-style but with an ornate and hand-crafted workmanship that will definitely up the wow-factor. Janelle Randazza, USA TODAY, "26 popular chess sets for people obsessed with The Queen's Gambit," 2 Dec. 2020 This gift will make your recipient admire the lines, the workmanship, and your care and fortitude. Roy Berendsohn And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Wooden Wagon for the Kids," 28 Nov. 2020 With a little more statistical workmanship, the same concept can be used to estimate the population of people infected with the coronavirus, substituting testing for trapping. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Here's how many people have really been infected by the coronavirus," 24 Nov. 2020 Changing plans, faulty workmanship, management controversies, postponed and canceled openings, and cost overruns that tripled the budget to more than $7 billion turned the airport into a national punchline. Blane Bachelor, Condé Nast Traveler, "After a Decade of Delays, This Airport Was Completed During COVID-19," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of workmanship

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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