[ 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

First recorded in 1325–75, workmanship is from the Middle English word werkmanschipe. See workman, -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for workmanship


/ (ˈwɜːkmənʃɪp) /


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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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