mill·​wright ˈmil-ˌrīt How to pronounce millwright (audio)
: a person whose occupation is planning and building mills or setting up their machinery
: a person who maintains and cares for mechanical equipment (as of a mill or factory)

Examples of millwright in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An aircraft mechanic and Air Force veteran, he was recruited as a millwright at Bethlehem Steel’s Burns Harbor coke plant operations in northwest Indiana. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2023 Tom Conway, a onetime millwright in a struggling Midwest steel plant who rose to lead the United Steelworkers union and push the industry to embrace eco-friendly transitions such as wind power in hopes of safeguarding the future of American steel, died Sept. 25 at his home in Pittsburgh. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2023 Four years later, Bethlehem Steel recruited him to work as a millwright in the company’s Burns Harbor coke plant in northwest Indiana. Clay Risen, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 The very first photographic team in Scotland incorporated this understanding into their process: Robert Adamson, an engineer and millwright by training, took the photographs and handed the negatives over to his partner, David Octavius Hill, a painter by profession, to gussy them up. Anthony W. Lee, WIRED, 27 Dec. 2022 At 14, she was adopted by her grandmother, who found a summer carpenters’ boot camp, which led her on the pathway to becoming a millwright. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2022 His mother was a homemaker, and his father was a millwright who took Mr. Billings for his first flight as a third birthday present. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Warren has worked as a production equipment mechanic, also known as a millwright, for the Pine Bluff Arsenal in White Hall for the past 12 years. Arkansas Online, 23 June 2021 Her husband, a factory millwright, was deemed an essential worker and has had steady employment throughout the crisis, a huge help to the family budget. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of millwright was in the 14th century

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“Millwright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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mill·​wright ˈmil-ˌrīt How to pronounce millwright (audio)
: one who builds mills or sets up their machinery
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