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 His father, in his first letter home from America, lamented that his son’s training as a farrier was for naught. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2020 Today, farriers use a dull version of this blade to clean the crud from the underside of horse hooves, but other than that, these tools aren’t frequently seen anymore. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 Today, farriers use a dull version of this blade to clean the crud from the underside of horse hooves, but other than that, these tools aren’t frequently seen anymore. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 Today, farriers use a dull version of this blade to clean the crud from the underside of horse hooves, but other than that, these tools aren’t frequently seen anymore. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 Today, farriers use a dull version of this blade to clean the crud from the underside of horse hooves, but other than that, these tools aren’t frequently seen anymore. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 Today, farriers use a dull version of this blade to clean the crud from the underside of horse hooves, but other than that, these tools aren’t frequently seen anymore. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 25 Feb. 2020 Patrick is the farrier for the donkeys … people call 'em horseshoers and all that, but our donkeys don't have shoes. CBS News, 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, 23 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farrier. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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