farrier

noun
far·​ri·​er | \ ˈfer-ē-ər How to pronounce farrier (audio) , 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."

Examples of farrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … people call 'em horseshoers and all that, but our donkeys don't have shoes. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019 Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … people call 'em horseshoers and all that, but our donkeys don't have shoes. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019 Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … people call 'em horseshoers and all that, but our donkeys don't have shoes. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019 Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … people call 'em horseshoers and all that, but our donkeys don't have shoes. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 23 Nov. 2019 Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … people call 'em horseshoers and all that, but our donkeys don't have shoes. CBS News, "The murder of Kelsey Berreth: What does Krystal Lee know about the Colorado mom's killing?," 5 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Farrier.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farrier. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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