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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Other Words from wordsmith

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

Examples of wordsmith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team quickly honed its process at Hitsville: Lamont and Brian providing the musical and thematic foundation, wordsmith Eddie polishing things off. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown's Lamont Dozier looks back on success, struggle and smash hits in new autobiography," 24 Nov. 2019 Yet what could come across as an improvisational patchwork of memories and allusions is made artfully cohesive through her sheer skill as a wordsmith. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patti Smith’s new autobiographical tome is set in 2016," 24 Sep. 2019 As is true of the best comedians, Newhart is an impeccable wordsmith and has the career highlights and enduring success to prove his mastery. Lynn Elber, chicagotribune.com, "It’s Bob Newhart’s 90th birthday: The Chicago-area native calls laughter the key to longevity," 5 Sep. 2019 Frank Luntz, a longtime Republican wordsmith, focus-group leader, and strategist renowned for wrapping ideas into phrases that resonate with voters, offered an unlikely endorsement of that view. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "The Many, Tangled American Definitions of Socialism," 14 June 2019 Scroll below to see what Sonja Marie’s Word Life Astrology says the month of June has in store for you! 01 May 21 to June 20 Be AWARE: Happy solar return to the zodiac’s wordsmith. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of wordsmith

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Wordsmith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wordsmith. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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