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)
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Related Words for farrier

plover, smithy, anvil, shoer

Examples from the Web for farrier

Historical Examples of farrier

  • Petuléngro, farrier, the esoteric Romany name of the Smith family.


    George Borrow

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


    Harriet Martineau

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

    Black Beauty

    Anna Sewell

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

    Black Beauty

    Anna Sewell

  • On the other side of that wall was the yard of Murphy the farrier.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

British Dictionary definitions for farrier


noun mainly British

a person who shoes horses
archaic another name for veterinary surgeon
military a noncommissioned officer who looks after horses

Word Origin for farrier

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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