word·​smith | \ ˈwərd-ˌsmith How to pronounce wordsmith (audio) \

Definition of wordsmith

: a person who works with words especially : a skillful writer

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wordsmithery \ ˈwərd-​ˌsmi-​thə-​rē How to pronounce wordsmithery (audio) \ noun

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The biggest, Pere-Lachaise, holds the remains of such luminaries as French playwright Moliere, American rock star Jim Morrison, Irish wordsmith Oscar Wilde, Polish composer Frederic Chopin, and French performer Edith Piaf among others. Fox News, "TASTE OF THE TOUR: Paris delights saving the best for last," 28 July 2018 Eminem is probably one of the best wordsmiths ever. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar Details Pulitzer Prize Honor, Kanye's Support of Donald Trump: 'He Has His Own Perspective'," 28 June 2018 And someone who has a job at the New York Times as a wordsmith should know the difference between a specific and a general audience. Fox News, "Anthony Scaramucci on Trump's Ohio rally, 2018 midterms," 5 Aug. 2018 There are other new entries Sokolowski likes, from a wordsmith's view. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play along with hundreds of other new words," 24 Sep. 2018 Followers were quick to notice the book, and praised Kelly’s aspiring wordsmith. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's Daughter Was Caught Reading the Most Surprising Book During a Family Road Trip," 4 Sep. 2018 How about a once-a-month editing bee with volunteers who know what good writing is, including the many retired or semiretired wordsmiths in our communities? Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "The write stuff: Enlist retired wordsmiths to help students with their lessons," 14 Jan. 2018 At this stage, Cardi transformed into a witty pop culture wordsmith who engages the public’s taste and interests. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "How Cardi B Achieved Stardom as an Old-School Hitmaker for New-School Hip-Hop," 12 Jan. 2018 James Lee Burke is what fellow writers call a wordsmith. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "A Gumbo of Crime: From the Bayou to Britain," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of wordsmith

1873, in the meaning defined above

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