workmanship

The noun workmanship can describe the hard work and skill that go into making something or working at a task — and it can also describe a quality of a handmade object that is skillfully crafted.

You show workmanship when you labor carefully over a project, and the beautiful hooked rug you create also shows workmanship. If your shop teacher admires the workmanship of your wooden footstool, she is complimenting the quality of your work. The fourteenth century meaning of workmanship was simply "laboring," and later it came to include the idea of "skill in work."

Definitions of workmanship
  1. noun
    skill in an occupation or trade
    synonyms: craft, craftsmanship
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    housecraft
    skill in domestic management
    priestcraft
    the skills involved in the work of a priest
    stagecraft
    skill in writing or staging plays
    tradecraft
    skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage
    watercraft
    skill in the management of boats
    woodcraft
    skill in carving or fashioning objects from wood
    coup de theatre
    a sensational bit of stagecraft
    type of:
    accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill
    an ability that has been acquired by training
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