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[met-l-ur-jee or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jee]
  1. the technique or science of working or heating metals so as to give them certain desired shapes or properties.
  2. the technique or science of making and compounding alloys.
  3. the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.
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Origin of metallurgy

1695–1705; < New Latin metallurgia < Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + New Latin -ia -ia. See metall-, -urgy
Related formsmet·al·lur·gic, met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectivemet·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverbmet·al·lur·gist [met-l-ur-jist or, esp. British, muh-tal-er-jist] /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒɪst or, esp. British, məˈtæl ər dʒɪst/, nounnon·met·al·lur·gic, adjectivenon·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectivenon·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverbun·met·al·lur·gic, adjectiveun·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjectiveun·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for metallurgist

Historical Examples

  • Both the mineralogist and metallurgist touch the problem but they do not cover it.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • There is known to the writer an expert mineralogist and metallurgist.

  • Hollingwood, the metallurgist, appeared, dragging with him the detector.

    The Judas Valley

    Gerald Vance

  • On the 9th, aged 52, Paul Heroult, a distinguished French metallurgist and engineer.

  • Dick Fulsom, metallurgist, had already lost his life that way.

    The Sphere of Sleep

    Chester S. Geier

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgist


  1. the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties
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Derived Formsmetallurgic or metallurgical, adjectivemetallurgically, adverbmetallurgist (mɛˈtælədʒɪst, ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for metallurgist



1704, from Modern Latin metallurgia, from Greek metallourgos "worker in metal," from metallon "metal" (see metal) + ergon "work" (see urge (v.)). Related: Metallurgical; metallurgist.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

metallurgist in Science


  1. The scientific study and technology of extracting metals from ores, refining them for use, and creating alloys and useful objects from them.
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