: a worker in metals : blacksmith
: maker
often used in combination

Examples of smith in a Sentence

Ancient smiths developed the techniques needed to make metal tools.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German smid smith and probably to Greek smilē wood-carving knife

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of smith was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Smith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a worker in metals : blacksmith
: one who constructs, builds, or produces something : maker
often used in combination

Biographical Definition

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Adam 1723–1790 Scottish economist


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Alfred Emanuel 1873–1944 American politician


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Bessie 1894–1937 American blues singer


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Dame Maggie 1934–     Margaret Natalie Smith British actress


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David 1906–1965 American sculptor


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George E(lwood) 1930–     American physicist


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John circa 1580–1631 English explorer and colonist


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Joseph 1805–1844 American founder of Mormon Church


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Michael 1932–2000 Canadian (British-born) biochemist


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Stevie 1902–1971 originally Florence Margaret Smith British poet


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Sydney 1771–1845 English essayist


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Vernon Lomax 1927–     American economist


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Walter Be*dell bə-ˈdel How to pronounce Smith (audio) 1895–1961 American general and diplomat


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William 1769–1839 English geologist

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