[ met-l-ur-jee or, especially British, muh-tal-er-jee ]
See synonyms for: metallurgymetallurgic on

  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.

  1. the technique or science of separating metals from their ores.

Origin of metallurgy

1695–1705; <New Latin metallurgia<Greek metallourg(ós) working in metals, mining + New Latin -ia-ia. See metall-, -urgy

Other words from metallurgy

  • met·al·lur·gic, met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjective
  • met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
  • met·al·lur·gist [met-l-ur-jist or, especially British, muh-tal-er-jist], /ˈmɛt lˌɜr dʒɪst or, especially British, məˈtæl ər dʒɪst/, noun
  • non·met·al·lur·gic, adjective
  • non·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjective
  • non·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·met·al·lur·gic, adjective
  • un·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjective
  • un·met·al·lur·gi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use metallurgy in a sentence

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

    The Judas Valley | Gerald Vance
  • It seemed to be Hollingwood, the dignified, austere metallurgist.

    The Judas Valley | Gerald Vance
  • But President Boon, being himself a metallurgist, desired to inspect the mysterious ore a little more closely.

    The Moon Metal | Garrett P. Serviss
  • They are just rocks which form part of the earth's crust, and it is only the metallurgist who can tell what they consist of.

  • It was Hollingwood, the metallurgist, looking unhappy with a tremendous bruise on his head where Wayne had clobbered him.

    The Judas Valley | Gerald Vance

British Dictionary definitions for metallurgy


/ (mɛˈtælədʒɪ, US ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪ) /

  1. the scientific study of the extraction, refining, alloying, and fabrication of metals and of their structure and properties

Derived forms of metallurgy

  • metallurgic or metallurgical, adjective
  • metallurgically, adverb
  • metallurgist (mɛˈtælədʒɪst, ˈmɛtəˌlɜːdʒɪst), noun

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Scientific definitions for metallurgy


[ mĕtl-ûr′jē ]

  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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