a person or thing that smelts.
a person who owns or works in a place where ores are smelted.
a place where ores are smelted.

Origin of smelter

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at smelt1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smelter

Historical Examples of smelter

  • I didn't see him for some years, when he showed up in Pueblo, where I was workin' in a smelter.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • "It's way up beyond the smelter," replied Mr. Everett lightly.

    In Blue Creek Caon

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • The smelter struggled with the steel manufacturer in the same way.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • The mine-owner struggled for his profits with the smelter who used his ore.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • The other one at the smelter ran for his horse and leaped on its back.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for smelter



a person engaged in smelting
Also called: smeltery (ˈsmɛltərɪ) an industrial plant in which smelting is carried out
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Word Origin and History for smelter

mid-15c., agent noun from smelt (v.).

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