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  1. a person who makes or sells articles of gold.
  2. (formerly) such a person also acting as a banker, moneylender, etc.

Origin of goldsmith

before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See gold, smith


  1. Oliver,1730?–74, Irish poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist.
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  • How comes he so finely dressed, the son of the modest Nuremberg goldsmith?

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Master Jan, the Brussels goldsmith, paid me three Philips fl.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Goldsmith wrote the 'Vicar' on the third, but I've not got up to that yet.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • A dispute arose as to the site of Goldsmith's Deserted Village.

  • The goldsmith was a rude, peppery fellow, who did not mince his words.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for goldsmith


    1. a dealer in articles made of gold
    2. an artisan who makes such articles
  1. (formerly) a dealer or manufacturer of gold articles who also engaged in banking or other financial business
  2. (in Malaysia) a Chinese jeweller


  1. Oliver. ?1730–74, Irish poet, dramatist, and novelist. His works include the novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), the poem The Deserted Village (1770), and the comedy She Stoops to Conquer (1773)
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Word Origin and History for goldsmith


Old English gold-smith, from gold + smith.

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