work·​place | \ˈwərk-ˌplās \

Definition of workplace 

: a place (such as a shop or factory) where work is done

Examples of workplace in a Sentence

Foul language will not be tolerated in the workplace.

Recent Examples on the Web

Facebook has made minor improvements regarding diversity in the workplace. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Former Facebook manager calls out company for bad treatment of black employees," 27 Nov. 2018 This particular thread is yet another reminder of how women in the workplace and in public life are often subjected to sexist scrutiny of their attire, in a way that men are not. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Had the Perfect Response to a Reporter Shaming Her for Wearing a Suit," 16 Nov. 2018 Twenty-nine states also have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace. Rebecca Greenfield, The Seattle Times, "Breast pumping at work makes the gender pay gap worse," 15 Oct. 2018 Officials must also prepare people to evacuate their homes and workplaces when—not if—life-threatening weather or fire approaches. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018 Massachusetts had already prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in the workplace and housing, and its latest law extends these protections to public accommodations. German Lopez, Vox, "Massachusetts votes to keep transgender protections with Question 3," 7 Nov. 2018 In 2006, the Estée Lauder Companies began working with India's Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Movement, to move thousands of impoverished kids out of dangerous workplaces and into classrooms nationwide. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 2018 And Uber's next steps don't only include making the workplace and rides more comfortable for women. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Uber Announces New Safety Features Including Two-Factor Authentication and Address Anonymization," 6 Sep. 2018 Fewer heterosexual Americans are marrying, gays have begun to do so, women and transgender people are playing important roles in the workplace and demanding wage and benefit equality. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Women Outlive Men. Why Do They Retire Earlier?," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of workplace

1708, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of workplace

: the office, factory, etc., where people work

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