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[hweel-rahyt, weel-]
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  1. a person whose trade it is to make or repair wheels, wheeled carriages, etc.

Origin of wheelwright

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wheel, wright


[hweel-rahyt, weel-]
  1. John,1592?–1679, English clergyman in America.
  2. John Brooks,1897–1940, U.S. poet.
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Examples from the Web for wheelwright

Historical Examples

  • They would have opened a wheelwright's workshop beside some high road.

    The Fortune of the Rougons

    Emile Zola

  • But when she gave him the wheelwright's address he sneered and shrugged his shoulders.


    Emile Zola

  • His father was a wheelwright and his mother a cook, in service with Count Harrach.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

  • So with Mrs. Wheelwright—Mr. Syntax was equally a stranger to her.

  • It was also a memorable year in the life of Doctor Wheelwright.

British Dictionary definitions for wheelwright


  1. a person who makes or mends wheels as a trade
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