word·​smith | \ˈwərd-ˌsmith \

Definition of wordsmith 

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

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wordsmithery \ˈwərd-​ˌsmi-​thə-​rē \ noun

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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 Hip-hop heads were greeted with a pleasant surprise when 9th Wonder took to his Instagram to announce that a collaborative album from Detroit wordsmith Elzhi and North Carolina producer Khrysis was on its way. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "Elzhi & Khrysis on Forming Their Group Jericho Jackson, Premiere New Record 'Listen' Featuring Amber Navran," 21 Feb. 2018 Will's penned destruction of Trump -- as only the always-use-the-$1,000-word-when-the-$1-word-would-do wordsmith can -- will draw most of the attention. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "George Will just exposed Mike Pence's Faustian bargain," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of wordsmith

1873, in the meaning defined above

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