a person who makes or repairs locks and keys.

Origin of locksmith

1200–50; Middle English loksmith (first attested as surname). See lock1, smith
Related formslock·smith·er·y, nounlock·smith·ing, noun
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Historical Examples of locksmith

  • The hut was soon finished, and then the locksmith lighted a large fire and commenced his business.

  • The locksmith's art was but too well understood in those days.

    East of Paris

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The locksmith's wife knew better perhaps, than he, what ailed her daughter.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • The king had an iron safe in his palace, which the locksmith had betrayed.

    Lectures on the French Revolution

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • She asked him sharply why he had not brought the locksmith to open the street door as well as that of the wardrobe?

    Popular Tales

    Madame Guizot

British Dictionary definitions for locksmith



a person who makes or repairs locks
Derived Formslocksmithery or locksmithing, noun
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Word Origin and History for locksmith

early 13c., from lock (n.1) + smith.

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