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[wurk-muh n-ship] /ˈwɜrk mənˌʃɪp/
the art or skill of a workman or workwoman.
the quality or mode of execution, as of a thing made.
the product or result of labor and skill; work executed.
Origin of workmanship
1325-75; Middle English werkmanschipe. See workman, -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Furthermore, their workmanship is poor, so that they possess little artistic merit.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • There was nothing new in his Rocket, except his own workmanship.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • How often have we worn unbecoming hats, poor in workmanship, besides paying some one handsomely for the privilege.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • The entire erection was his workmanship, from foundation to ridge.

  • Beowulf's coat of mail had belonged to his grandfather, and was believed to be the workmanship of Weland.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • The image itself was very crude of workmanship and singularly ghastly.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The material and workmanship of a saddle should be of the best quality, and the less stitching and ornamentation the better.

    Hand-book for Horsewomen H. L. De Bussigny
  • So fine is the chipping that to see the workmanship a magnifying glass is necessary.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • It was a marvel of workmanship, and its stock and lock were beautifully engraved.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for workmanship


the art or skill of a workman
the art or skill with which something is made or executed
the degree of art or skill exhibited in the finished product
the piece of work so produced
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for workmanship

late 14c., "performance of labor," from workman (see work (v.)) + -ship. Meaning "skill as a workman" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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