met·​al·​lur·​gy ˈme-tə-ˌlər-jē How to pronounce metallurgy (audio)
 especially British  mə-ˈta-lə-
: the science and technology of metals
metallurgical adjective
metallurgically adverb
ˈme-tə-ˌlər-jist How to pronounce metallurgy (audio)
 especially British  mə-ˈta-lər-

Examples of metallurgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanctions are closing off options for the Russian military and for some Russian businesses (for instance those that deal in metallurgy, automotive parts, machinery, and equipment), whereas other Russian businesses (those that deal in food or aluminum, for example) have been holding their own. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 13 Jan. 2023 Other parts of the Old World — Europe (Aegean civilizations), India (Indus Valley Civilization), and China (Shang dynasty) — would also adopt metallurgy and rely on bronze for tools. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2024 In metallurgy, there are standardized numbers indicating copper content, with N1 indicating straight-up yellow gold and higher numbers indicating more and more copper. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 Iron had already been used to some extent during the Bronze Age, but new metallurgy techniques propelled it to new heights. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for metallurgy 

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Word History


New Latin metallurgia, from metall- + -urgia -urgy

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metallurgy was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Metallurgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


met·​al·​lur·​gy ˈmet-ᵊl-ˌər-jē How to pronounce metallurgy (audio)
: the science of obtaining metals from their ores and preparing them for use
metallurgical adjective
metallurgist noun

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