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The Collaborative Dictionary

Workshop \Work"shop`\, n. A shop where any manufacture or handiwork is carried on. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done [syn: shop]
2 a brief intensive course for a small group; emphasizes problem solving

Moby Thesaurus

agency, atelier, barbershop, beauty parlor, beauty shop, bench, butcher shop, company, concern, corporation, desk, establishment, facility, firm, house, installation, institution, loft, organization, parlor, shop, studio, sweatshop, work site, work space, workbench, workhouse, working space, workplace, workroom, worktable



  • a RP /ˈwɜːk.ʃɒp/, /"w3:k.SQp/
  • a US /ˈwɝːk.ʃɑːp/, /"w3`k.SA:p/


  1. A small room where things are manufactured, or light industrial work is done
  2. A brief intensive course of education for a small group; emphasizes interaction and practical problem solving
  3. An academic conference


a small room where things are manufactured, or light industrial work is done
a brief intensive course of education for a small group
an academic conference

Translations to be checked


workshop (a play)
  1. to help a playwright revise a draft of a play by rehearsing it with actors and critiquing the results
A workshop is a room or building which provides both the area and tools (or machinery) that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods. Apart from the larger factories, workshops were the only places of production in the days before industrialisation.
In transport industries, workshops can be distinguished from garages, which are primarily used for storage, servicing and minor repairs. Workshops are generally used for more substantial repairs on vehicles.
A workshop is also a gathering or training session which may be several days in length. It emphasizes problem-solving, hands-on training, and requires the involvement of the participants. Often Symposium, a lecture or a meeting can become a workshop when it is accompanied by a practical demonstration.
A workshop in theater is a part of the creative process of playwriting when a playwright first hears actors read his/her play followed by a period of criticism. The word is sometimes used as a verb in this context. Theatrical workshops are often closed to the public and are funded by either the playwright or by a sponsor, such as a theater company. Compensation to the actors is typically food and/or payment. The next step in play development is typically a rewriting followed by a public reading, but this may be skipped and entered into rehearsal if it is felt a public reading is unnecessary.
A writers workshop is a meeting of writers, for the purpose of honing their craft and possible networking. Specific topics may be discussed (such as technique, or marketing written works), and new works may be presented for critiquing by peers, or more experienced persons.
workshop in Czech: Workshop
workshop in Danish: Workshop
workshop in German: Werkstatt
workshop in Spanish: Taller
workshop in Persian: کارگاه
workshop in Indonesian: Lokakarya
workshop in Japanese: ワークショップ
workshop in Portuguese: Oficina
workshop in Serbian: Радионица
workshop in Swedish: Workshop
workshop in Turkish: Stüdyo
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