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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
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  • Pay attention to the proposal's workmanship: the writing, the scope of the project, the level of detail used to describe it.
  • The note is printed by the photomechanical process, and is of fair workmanship and on good paper.
  • The medal, which is about the size of a fifty-cent piece, is a fine piece of workmanship.
  • Fakes proliferate, along with charlatans and second-rate workmanship.
  • Although the material is horrifying, the workmanship is admirable.
  • Forget the sprawling workmanship of the play as a whole.
  • Daily tasks are carried out with great care, seriousness and a pride in workmanship.
  • It had a small but skilled workforce proud of their workmanship.
  • Newari craftsmen are world-renowned for their ancient jewelry designs and careful workmanship.
  • We know that they knew how to make bronze, and that they had a considerable artistic sense, as evidenced by their workmanship.
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
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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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