[ far-ee-er ]
/ ˈfær i ər /

noun Chiefly British.

a blacksmith.


Nearby words

  1. farrell,
  2. farrell, eileen,
  3. farrell, james thomas,
  4. farrell, suzanne,
  5. farrest,
  6. farriery,
  7. farro,
  8. farrow,
  9. farruca,
  10. fars

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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/ (ˈfærɪə) /

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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