[smith-feeld] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of smithfield

Historical Examples of smithfield

  • He made his way towards Smithfield and stopped in front of a bookstall.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • They had crossed Smithfield together, and Clennam was left alone at the corner of Barbican.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He who made a speech to the mob in Smithfield the other day?

  • In the year 1538, one Collins, a madman, suffered death with his dog in Smithfield.

  • On entering Smithfield, he jocosely said, that the place had long groaned for him.

Word Origin and History for smithfield


place in London, celebrated since at least 17c. as a market for cattle and horses, later the central meat market. In various colloquial expressions. Originally Smethefield, from Old English smethe "smooth" (see smooth (adj.)). Smithfield ham (1908, American English) is from a town of that name in Virginia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper