[ ahy-ern-wurks ]
/ ˈaɪ ərnˌwɜrks /

noun, plural i·ron·works. (used with a singular or plural verb)

an establishment where iron is smelted or where it is cast or wrought.

Origin of ironworks

1575–85; iron + works (in the sense “manufacturing establishment”)

Definition for ironworks (2 of 2)


[ ahy-ern-wurk ]
/ ˈaɪ ərnˌwɜrk /


objects or parts of objects made of iron: ornamental ironwork.

Origin of ironwork

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at iron, work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ironworks (1 of 2)


/ (ˈaɪənˌwɜːks) /


(sometimes functioning as singular) a building in which iron is smelted, cast, or wrought

British Dictionary definitions for ironworks (2 of 2)


/ (ˈaɪənˌwɜːk) /


work done in iron, esp decorative work
the craft or practice of working in iron
See also ironworks
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Word Origin and History for ironworks



early 15c., from iron (n.) + work (n.).

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