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  1. a person who erects the machinery of a mill.
  2. a person who designs and erects mills and mill machinery.
  3. a person who maintains and repairs machinery in a mill.
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Origin of millwright

1350–1400; Middle English. See mill1, wright
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Examples from the Web for millwright

Historical Examples of millwright

  • His father was a millwright, and had brought up his son to the use of tools.

    Cleveland Past and Present

    Maurice Joblin

  • "Love is above will," asserted the millwright, with decision.

  • Did not Sierra Leone need a sawmill, a millwright, and a plow?

  • Then there's all the machinery to erect and the millwright work to do.

    Calumet 'K'

    Samuel Merwin

  • He learned the trade of a millwright, and in 1847 moved to North Hudson.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest

    William Henry Carman Folsom

British Dictionary definitions for millwright


  1. a person who designs, builds, or repairs grain mills or mill machinery
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Word Origin and History for millwright


late 15c., from mill (n.1) + wright.

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