work·​shop | \ˈwərk-ˌshäp \

Definition of workshop 

1 : a small establishment where manufacturing or handicrafts are carried on

2 : workroom

3 : a usually brief intensive educational program for a relatively small group of people that focuses especially on techniques and skills in a particular field

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Synonyms for workshop


factory, manufactory, mill, plant, shop, works

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Examples of workshop in a Sentence

He's in his workshop working on the lawnmower. a workshop for making high-end furniture

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Children who participate in any of the above workshops will get instruction and experience using a sewing machine. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 10 July 2018 The city held a series of workshops about growth, inviting residents to sign up for two-hour-long focused conversations in small groups. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Stuck in traffic jams, asking who's to blame? The answer depends on who you ask.," 9 July 2018 This program is expected to include a series of monthly workshops delivered by Orthodox women who are considered experts in their respective fields. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Synagogue's new women's program receives grant from OU," 6 July 2018 The gathering marked the culmination of the Common Wealth’s youth leader workshops and for the occasion, Meghan wore a yellow Brandon Maxwell dress, beige Manolo Blahnik pumps, and Adina Reyter earrings. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Shop Meghan Markle's Bright Yellow Dress from the 'Your Commonwealth' Youth Challenge Reception," 5 July 2018 The reception came at the end of a day when the Commonwealth Youth Forum had been holding a series of workshops focusing on the sort of world the young leaders want to see by 2040. Simon Perry,, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Dazzle at Royal Summer Party for Young Leaders," 5 July 2018 Join us for a day of interactive workshops and unexpected experiences cultivated for hands-on creation. Popular Mechanics, "Visit the PM Lodge in Portland, Oregon This July," 2 July 2018 An assortment of workshops and seminars will also take place. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Where should you travel in July? Here are some ideas.," 2 July 2018 And Mass Creativity was born — a program of workshops held each year around the region that encourages participants to celebrate their neighborhoods, their uniqueness and their relationships. Carolina Gusman,, "Mass Creativity Day brings kids, families together for an art-filled day of play," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of workshop

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of workshop

: a place where things are made or repaired

: a class or series of classes in which a small group of people learn the methods and skills used in doing something


work·​shop | \ˈwərk-ˌshäp \

Kids Definition of workshop

: a shop where work and especially skilled work is carried on

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obstinately defiant of authority

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