workmanship

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English werkmanschipe, equivalent to workman +‎ -ship.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwɜːk.mən.ʃɪp/

NounEdit

workmanship (countable and uncountable, plural workmanships)

  1. The skill of an artisan or craftsman.
    • 1961 March, C. P. Boocock, “The organisation of Eastleigh Locomotive Works”, in Trains Illustrated, page 163:
      The standard of workmanship from Eastleigh Locomotive Works has often been acknowledged as being of a high order and this standard will have to be maintained - improved, even - when motive power other than steam is the mainstay of our railway system.
  2. The quality of something made by an artisan or craftsman.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.

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