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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According to the press release, WhatsApp will not provide any user data to researchers, who are meeting at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters this week for a workshop on how the platform works internally. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 Caltech even held a training workshop on how to deal with gravitational-wave data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 Visitors can sign up for a variety of workshops like growing food, bee-keeping, cooking, beer and cider making, or herb production. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Thanks to a slew of workshops featuring bamboo wood carving, lauhala (leaf) weaving, Ni’hau jewelry making, and sarong dying to name a few, West Oahu is the art guru’s ultimate go-to destination. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 Experience beauty of fields of lavender in full bloom during weekend of craft workshops, Gong meditation sessions, picking lavender from field, hand craft vendors and more. Luann Gibbs,, "Fun and free events in Cincinnati this weekend," 14 June 2018 Students attended the awards ceremony, along with a series of workshops. Megann Horstead,, "'It’s been over the moon': OPRF students embrace experience at llinois High School Musical Theatre Awards," 12 June 2018 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

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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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