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

Examples of goldsmith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Also accused are a jewelry store clerk who the police said helped Joseph carry out some of her killings, as well as a goldsmith from a neighboring town, who is alleged to have provided the cyanide., "That Joseph, 47, might have killed with such abandon has scandalized Koodathayai, a small town in the southern state of Kerala where she was an active member of the Roman Catholic community and seen as a model citizen.," 20 Oct. 2019 Having given the cafe a lick of paint and a new name — Le Saint Eloi, named after France’s patron saint of goldsmiths — Mustière is planning a grand reopening on Sept. 30. John Leicester, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Perk up: France resuscitates dying villages 1 cafe at a time," 23 Sep. 2019 Born in Florence around 1435, Verrocchio trained as a goldsmith but soon shifted his attention to a diverse range of art forms. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Mentored da Vinci Receives First U.S. Retrospective," 13 Sep. 2019 The dapper Courtney Stewart as Angelo the goldsmith, Terra Chaney as Adriana’s sister Luciana and Tamika Pettway as the strong female unfortunately known only as Courtesan, get great mileage out of minor characters. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Elm Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ a joyous, joke-based stroll in the park," 19 Aug. 2019

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Goldsmith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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: 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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