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black (color of iron) +‎ smith (related to smite)


  • IPA(key): /ˈblæk.smɪθ/
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blacksmith (plural blacksmiths)

  1. A person who forges iron.
    Synonym: ironsmith
    Coordinate terms: goldsmith, whitesmith, silversmith, platinumsmith, farrier, forge
    Hyponyms: bladesmith, swordsmith
    Hypernyms: smith, metalsmith, smithy
    • James Howell (c.1594–1666)
      The blacksmith may forge what he pleases.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. []. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (informal) A person who shoes horses.
    Synonym: farrier
  3. (zoology) A blackish fish of the Pacific coast (Chromis punctipinnis).

Usage notesEdit

Historically, blacksmiths in small communities have played a number of other roles, including farrier, wainwright and wheelwright. However, blacksmithing properly refers to the forging of iron, and blacksmiths and farriers themselves make the distinction.

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