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 workshop, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at 255 Hope St., Mansfield., "Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger," 13 July 2018 In Catbird’s spacious, dreamy new office-slash-workshop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vardi and Plessner were both modeling tiny welded ankle chains, which would be a huge hit this summer. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Catbird’s New “Welding Annex” Offers Permanent Jewelry—For Under $100," 12 July 2018 Since then, Essence Fest has evolved from big-name concert headliners to include workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches about politics, technology, health, style, beauty, and cooking., "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018 For the next three or more months, the company criss-crossed the island, teaming up with community kitchens and other ad hoc groups to stage street theater, lead workshops, and develop new work. 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 Also, artists started their careers at workshops, where many apprentices, working under a master, created works together, so discerning what artists created what parts of a painting often is difficult. Susan Dunne,, "Yale Art Gallery Unravels Leonardo Da Vinci Mysteries," 3 July 2018 For this year’s workshop, The Woodlands Arts Council is hosting a Concept Art Project designed by students from The Woodlands High School. Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Woodlands Arts Council offers free workshops," 29 June 2018 Multiple studios have responded to the inclusion problem by ramping up programs for up-and-coming creative people, including writing and directing workshops, meant to foster talent from underrepresented communities. Ryan Faughnder,, "Movie studio seeks a behind-the-scenes role in L.A. schools to help fix Hollywood's inclusion problem," 29 June 2018 Free family fun includes a painting class, a puppet-making workshop, dancers, musicians and artist demonstrations. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Family fun: Free art workshops, Caribbean fests, Lychee celebration," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of workshop

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of workshop was in 1556

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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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