ironworks

[ahy-ern-wurks]
noun, plural i·ron·works. (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. 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”)

ironwork

[ahy-ern-wurk]
noun
  1. work in iron.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for ironworks

ironworks

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

ironwork

noun
  1. work done in iron, esp decorative work
  2. the craft or practice of working in iron
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Word Origin and History for ironworks

ironwork

n.

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

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