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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 To remove water from the site, a millwright constructed a large wheel, so that three or four men walking abreast could provide the power to move a chain of buckets that bailed out the pit using a trough leading to a low-lying area of the farm. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2020 One of those is Clayton Jackson, 59, a millwright who works overnights repairing machinery. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2020 Prior to his retirement, Vin was employed as a millwright with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft., 10 Dec. 2019 Joel worked 37 yrs. at Rogers Corporation as a millwright and machinist., 13 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Millwright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



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