gold·​smith | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌsmith How to pronounce goldsmith (audio) \

Definition of goldsmith

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who makes or deals in articles of gold


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Gold·​smith | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌsmith How to pronounce Goldsmith (audio) \

Definition of Goldsmith (Entry 2 of 2)

Oliver 1730–1774 British author

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trained as a goldsmith and sculptor, Jensen opened his design and silversmithing firm in 1904, and was soon known for Art Nouveau-style flatware, decorative home decor objects and jewelry. oregonlive, "An Italian accordion, a Chinese lock, faux cinnabar: What are they worth?," 30 Apr. 2020 Over the decades, Lake Como became fine silk; Vicenza goldsmiths and jewelry. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "The Dynasties," 13 Apr. 2020 Apropos to the coronavirus, Koopman Rare Art offers a 225-ounce silver soup tureen and stand from 1799 made by Paul Storr and retailed by the royal goldsmith firm Rundell Bridge & Rundell. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art for Sale in Maastricht: Quality, Quality, Quality," 11 Mar. 2020 In 1885, Tsar Alexander III landed on the perfect Easter gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna: a bespoke egg commissioned from Peter Carl Faberge, a master goldsmith . Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "The Enduring Mystery of the Romanovs’ Missing Faberge Easter Eggs," 5 Apr. 2020 The goldsmith or silversmith had been content to make plain dashes, so to speak, with his chisel, and these dashes had been allowed to make patterns. V. S. Naipaul, The New Yorker, "The Strangeness of Grief," 30 Dec. 2019 The maker, Thomas Heming, was King George III’s official goldsmith at the time, but moonlighting was acceptable. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Winter Show’s Many Small Treasures," 28 Jan. 2020 The Hemmerle jewelry dynasty began in 1893 when Christian Hemmerle’s great-grandparents bought the business of a local Munich goldsmith and soon became purveyors of jewels and medals to the Bavarian royal family. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Trove of Rare Hemmerle Pieces—One of Jewelry's Holy Grails—Comes Up for Auction," 8 Nov. 2019 Fust was a goldsmith and a business partner of Gutenberg’s, in Mainz, forty kilometres from Frankfurt. Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New Yorker, "The Slowness of Literature and the Shadow of Knowledge," 6 Nov. 2019

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Goldsmith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of goldsmith

: a person who makes gold jewelry and other gold items


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: a person who makes or sells items of gold

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