farrier


farrier
[16] Etymologically, a farrier is a ‘worker in iron’. The word comes via Old French ferrier 211 fate from Latin ferrārius, a derivative of ferum. This meant literally ‘iron’ (it is the source of English ferrous [19], and may well have been borrowed from a Semitic source), and already in classical times was being applied metaphorically to implements made from iron, particularly ‘swords’. Its use for ‘horseshoe’, on which the meaning of farrier is based, is a medieval Latin development. => FERROUS

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Farrier — Far ri*er, v. i. To practice as a farrier; to carry on the trade of a farrier. [Obs.] Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Farrier — Far ri*er, n. [OE. farrour, ferrer, OF. ferreor, ferrier, LL. Ferrator, ferrarius equorum, from ferrare to shoe a horse, ferrum a horseshoe, fr. L. ferrum iron. Cf. {Ferreous}.] 1. A shoer of horses; a veterinary surgeon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farrier — 1560s, from M.Fr. ferrier blacksmith, from L. ferrarius of iron, also blacksmith, from ferrum iron (in M.L., also horseshoe ); see FERRO (Cf. ferro ). An earlier form of it in English was ferrer, ferrour ironsmith (late 12c., as a surname) …   Etymology dictionary

  • farrier — ► NOUN ▪ a smith who shoes horses. DERIVATIVES farriery noun. ORIGIN Old French ferrier, from Latin ferrum iron, horseshoe …   English terms dictionary

  • farrier — [far′ē ər] n. [ME ferrour < OFr ferreor < ML ferrator < VL * ferrare, to shoe horses < L ferrum, iron] Chiefly Brit. a person who shoes horses; blacksmith; also, sometimes, one who treats the diseases of horses …   English World dictionary

  • Farrier — A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of a horse s hoof and the placing of shoes to the horse s foot. A farrier couples a subset of the blacksmith s skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal… …   Wikipedia

  • farrier — UK [ˈfærɪə(r)] / US [ˈferɪər] noun [countable] Word forms farrier : singular farrier plural farriers someone whose job is to make horseshoes for horses and fit them on their hooves …   English dictionary

  • farrier — [16] Etymologically, a farrier is a ‘worker in iron’. The word comes via Old French ferrier from Latin ferrārius, a derivative of ferum. This meant literally ‘iron’ (it is the source of English ferrous [19], and may well have been borrowed from a …   Word origins

  • farrier — [[t]fæ̱riə(r)[/t]] farriers N COUNT A farrier is a person who fits horseshoes onto horses …   English dictionary

  • farrier — noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English ferrour, from Anglo French ferrour blacksmith, from ferrer to shoe (horses), from Vulgar Latin *ferrare, from Latin ferrum iron Date: 15th century a person who shoes horses …   New Collegiate Dictionary