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[blak-smith] /ˈblækˌsmɪθ/
a person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses.
a person who forges objects of iron.
a blackish damselfish, Chromis punctipinnis, inhabiting coastal waters off southern California.
Origin of blacksmith
1250-1300; Middle English; see black (in reference to iron or black metal), smith1; cf. whitesmith Unabridged
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  • I need a blacksmith, and if I can't get a real one I'll put up with an imitation.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • As for work, the blacksmith reveled in it, and made it practically his only vice.

  • That's broken (as one of the teams stopped); have to send to blacksmith.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • Whenever a problem arose she thought immediately of the blacksmith and was consoled.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • I got the blacksmith over at headquarters company workin on it now.

    Dere Mable Edward Streeter
British Dictionary definitions for blacksmith


an artisan who works iron with a furnace, anvil, hammer, etc
Word Origin
C14: see black, smith
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blacksmith

late 15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from black + smith (n.). Listed in royal ordinance (along with bladesmiths, spurriers and goldbeaters). Those who work in heated, heavy metals as opposed to those who beat gold, tin, or pewter (whitesmith).

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