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[far-ee-er] /ˈfær i ər/
noun, Chiefly British.
a blacksmith.
Origin of farrier
1375-1425; variant of ferrier < Middle French, Old French < Latin ferrārius “smith” (equivalent to ferr(um) “iron” + -ārius -ary); replacing late Middle English fer(r)our < Anglo-French, Old French ferreor < Latin ferrātor (unattested) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for farrier
Historical Examples
  • Petuléngro, farrier, the esoteric Romany name of the Smith family.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • The farrier escorted them to the steps of the corner-house, and then left them.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The farrier and Jerry did the best they could to ease his pain and make him comfortable.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • The farrier said he might mend up enough to sell for a few pounds, but Jerry said, no!

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • On the other side of that wall was the yard of Murphy the farrier.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • On his return he sent for Dobbs, the blacksmith and farrier.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • On the way he called at a farrier's, and made him shoe the mare.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • “She might kick you without knowing it, sir,” said the farrier.

    A Country Sweetheart Dora Russell
  • There is no remedy but bleeding,” said I.  “Run for a farrier.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • I know he will,” said the farrier, “but I will not bleed him.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for farrier


noun (mainly Brit)
a person who shoes horses
(archaic) another name for veterinary surgeon
(military) a noncommissioned officer who looks after horses
Word Origin
C16: from Old French ferrier, from Latin ferrārius smith, from ferrum iron
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Word Origin and History for farrier

1560s, from Middle French ferrier "blacksmith," from Latin ferrarius "of iron," also "blacksmith," from ferrum "iron" (in Medieval Latin, also "horseshoe"); see ferro-. An earlier form of it in English was ferrer, ferrour "ironsmith" (late 12c., as a surname).

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