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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metalworker, especially one who works metal when it is hot and malleable. Often used in combination: a silversmith; a goldsmith.
  • n. A blacksmith.
  • n. One who makes or works at something specified. Often used in combination: a locksmith; a wordsmith.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A craftsperson who works metal into desired forms using a hammer and other tools, sometimes heating the metal to make it more workable, especially a blacksmith.
  • n. An artist.
  • v. To forge, to form, usually on an anvil; by heating and pounding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals.
  • n. One who makes or effects anything.
  • transitive v. To beat into shape; to forge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificer; especially, a worker with the hammer and in metal: as, a goldsmith, a silversmith; specifically (and now generally), a worker in iron. See blacksmith, 1.
  • n. One who makes or effects anything.
  • To fashion, as metal; especially, to fashion with the hammer: at the present time most commonly applied to ironwork.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
  • n. English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)
  • n. United States sculptor (1906-1965)
  • n. United States suffragist who refused to pay taxes until she could vote (1792-1886)
  • n. Rhodesian statesman who declared independence of Zimbabwe from Great Britain (born in 1919)
  • n. United States blues singer (1894-1937)
  • n. someone who works metal (especially by hammering it when it is hot and malleable)
  • n. someone who works at something specified
  • n. religious leader who founded the Mormon Church in 1830 (1805-1844)
  • n. Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790)


Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smith, from Old English smiþ ("handicraftsman, smith, blacksmith, armorer, carpenter, worker in metals or in wood"), from Proto-Germanic *smiþaz (“arranger, smith”), from Proto-Indo-European *smēy-, *smī- (“to cut, hew”). Cognate with Dutch smid, German Schmied, Swedish/Norwegian smed. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English smithen ("To work metal, forge, beat into, torment, refine (of God - to refine his chosen); create, to work as a blacksmith"), from Old English smiþian ("to forge, fabricate"). Compare Dutch smeden, German schmieden, from Proto-Germanic *smiþōnan. (Wiktionary)


  • The worker in metals is usually called a smith, whether he be coppersmith or goldsmith.

    Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages A Description of Mediaeval Workmanship in Several of the Departments of Applied Art, Together with Some Account of Special Artisans in the Early Renaissance

  • _study_ of his; for in Scotland they call a smith's anvil a study, so that he ranks with other artists in that respect.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • Like the murder of a sword smith by his own (fashioned) sword.

    The Throwing Star Weapon

  • In the old days, I'd have been called a smith, but things like nails, bolts, all that, they come out of Faitel and arrive here in boxes and crates.

    Alector's Choice

  • The residence of a smith was his first object of inquiry, in which he received little satisfaction from the dullness or sullenness of one or two peasants, early bound for their labour, who gave brief and indifferent answers to his questions on the subject.


  • If today a master sword smith were smelting metal and the metal should jump up and say "I insist on being made into an Excalibur," the sword smith would surely think it metal with a curse on it.


  • Not even a part of the smallest steel filing from a master sword smith's forge - ah, no! Money was merely the sere gateway to power, and power, well, all that was good for was manoeuvrability.

    The Ninja

  • It was well that others besides himself should speak for the people of the parish, and Bened the smith was a highly respected man, like all of his craft, and his words would carry weight.

    A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • Mason quashed the proposal, remarking truly enough that there was too much bad blood as it was between father and son; while Tammas proposed with a sneer that the smith should be his own agent in the matter.

    Bob, Son of Battle

  • The smith is a brawny native Maltese, with a form a Hercules might envy.

    Miss Caprice


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