far·​ri·​er | \ˈfer-ē-ər, ˈfa-rē-\

Definition of farrier 

: a person who shoes horses

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Farrier is now usually applied specifically to a blacksmith who specializes in shoeing horses, a skill that requires not only the ability to shape and fit horseshoes, but also the ability to clean, trim, and shape a horse's hooves. When "farrier" first appeared in English (as "ferrour"), it referred to someone who not only shoed horses, but who provided general veterinary care for them as well. Middle English "ferrour" was borrowed from Anglo-French ferrour (a blacksmith who shoes horses), a noun derived from the verb "ferrer" ("to shoe horses"). These Anglo-French words can be traced back ultimately to Latin ferrum, meaning "iron."

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One is a full-time mom, another a professional farrier. Ryan Lillis, The Seattle Times, "‘The height of character’: Volunteers set aside sorrow, exhaustion to search for Camp Fire victims," 20 Nov. 2018 The cost of buying a thoroughbred race horse can easily extend up to $55,000, and on top of that there are farrier costs and veterinary bills to consider. Alvaro Montaño, Houston Chronicle, "Spring ISD wins two events, athletes compete at regional meet," 2 May 2018 Olinsky said, while helping a farrier shoe a horse. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation," 30 Apr. 2017 The man who is paying Culcasi’s farrier school tuition is retired FBI agent George Vinson. Ellen Garrison, sacbee.com, "Jail’s Wild Horse Program could be next ‘feel-good’ reality TV hit," 26 Apr. 2017 There, they are tended to by farriers and grooms and set out across the city with drivers to ply their trade. Annie Correal, New York Times, "Central Park Carriage Horses, Steady as They Go," 22 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of farrier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for farrier

alteration of Middle English ferrour, from Anglo-French ferrour blacksmith, from ferrer to shoe (horses), from Vulgar Latin *ferrare, from Latin ferrum iron

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