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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The Court Circular records that Harry and Meghan attended a Mental Health Innovation volunteers’ workshop at BBC Studioworks in London yesterday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Had a Private Dinner Together and We All Missed It," 16 Nov. 2018 Recently, her team participated in a workshop about privilege and understanding where other people are coming from. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft sees modest upticks in representation of women, minority employees," 14 Nov. 2018 During the summit, the Duke and Duchess went to a workshop about a U.S. initiative that would provide mental health outreach for mothers. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Couldn't Stop Giggling at the Global Mental Health Summit," 9 Oct. 2018 This summer, the Farmington Libraries will host a three-part workshop series for beginner and intermediate runners. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 The seed of Circo de Ausencia was actually planted in Chicago, during a 2016 workshop Helfeld and co-founder Julio César Morales led at the Albany Park Theater Project. Martha Bayne, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Visual Art / Theater Y No Había Luz brings the voices of post-Maria Puerto Rico to Chicago," 9 July 2018 Giana Morgan, 10, is participating in a culinary arts workshop. Kevin Flowers, The Christian Science Monitor, "How faith and creativity are transforming Pennsylvania youth into leaders," 6 July 2018 The deadline for entering the city’s Downpayment Loan Assistance Program is July 31, but entrants must first take a home buyer education workshop and get prequalified for a mortgage from a participating lender. Kathleen Pender,, "Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery," 5 July 2018 Aurora and Naperville first responders continued their joint anti-terrorism training and evaluation project with a workshop this week. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora, Naperville continue joint anti-terrorism work," 20 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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