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[blak-smith] /ˈblækˌsmɪθ/
a person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses.
a person who forges objects of iron.
a blackish damselfish, Chromis punctipinnis, inhabiting coastal waters off southern California.
Origin of blacksmith
1250-1300; Middle English; see black (in reference to iron or black metal), smith; cf. whitesmith Unabridged
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  • He can tinker up almost anything, and that eliminates the blacksmith.

  • But what is to become of the blacksmith, the carpenter, and all the rest?

  • As for work, the blacksmith reveled in it, and made it practically his only vice.

  • The blacksmith talked, and Yates listened, putting now and then a mark on his cuff.

  • The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.

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British Dictionary definitions for blacksmith


an artisan who works iron with a furnace, anvil, hammer, etc
Word Origin
C14: see black, smith
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Word Origin and History for blacksmith

late 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from black + smith (n.). Listed in royal ordinance (along with bladesmiths, spurriers and goldbeaters). Those who work in heated, heavy metals as opposed to those who beat gold, tin, or pewter (whitesmith).

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