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[wurk-shop] /ˈwɜrkˌʃɒp/
a room, group of rooms, or building in which work, especially mechanical work, is carried on.
a seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.:
a theater workshop; opera workshop.
Origin of workshop
1555-65; work + shop
Related forms
postworkshop, adjective Unabridged
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  • You see, he had broken into my workshop, destroyed some devices I was working on and stole a lot of my tools.

  • But there was no occasion for his haste—no other ear than his had heard the sound within the workshop.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • It has given us glimpses of the workshop of the archaeologist, the anthropologist, and the etymologist.

    Mazes and Labyrinths W. H. Matthews
  • His only thought was to hurry on and reach Jahan's workshop.

  • Grace followed David up the stairs and through the hall to his workshop, which was situated at the back of the house.

British Dictionary definitions for workshop


a room or building in which manufacturing or other forms of manual work are carried on
a room in a private dwelling, school, etc, set aside for crafts
a group of people engaged in study or work on a creative project or subject: a music workshop
(transitive) to perform (a play) with no costumes, set, or musical accompaniment
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Word Origin and History for workshop

1580s, from work (n.) + shop (n.). Meaning "gathering for study, etc.," is from 1937.

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