lock·​smith ˈläk-ˌsmith How to pronounce locksmith (audio)
: a person who makes or repairs locks

Examples of locksmith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within an hour, a locksmith arrived and changed the locks. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Things first turned ugly shortly after that family dance party, when Kouri called for a locksmith to get into her husband’s safe, which had some $100,000 cash inside, according to the criminal complaint. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 30 Aug. 2023 As tip requests now show up for everything from locksmiths to wedding dresses, the etiquette around gratuity is becoming less clear. Madison Conte, WSJ, 29 May 2023 His mother, Bertha Ulievna Solodukhina, was a secretary in a vocational school; his father, Joseph Benzionovich Kabakov, who had trained to be a locksmith, worked as a metal worker in a factory that made bed parts. Penelope Green, New York Times, 2 June 2023 Tacking a 20% tip on top of a $4 croissant is one thing, but now tip requests are showing up for locksmiths, baby formula and wedding dresses. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, 24 May 2023 Which Bible Character is a locksmith? Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 3 May 2022 On another night, another elephant comes over to a fence and, with the ease of a practiced locksmith, wraps its trunk around the wooden post holding the electric wire in place. Justin Mott, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2020 Like the locksmith that was killed (earlier this year) in a dispute over pay. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 8 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of locksmith was in the 13th century

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“Locksmith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locksmith. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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lock·​smith -ˌsmith How to pronounce locksmith (audio)
: a person who makes or repairs locks

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