[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blacksmith


/ (ˈblækˌsmɪθ) /


an artisan who works iron with a furnace, anvil, hammer, etc

Word Origin for blacksmith

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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