One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A maker of artillery; specifically a maker of bows.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Brut. From Anglo-Norman and Middle French artillier maker of bows and arrows from artillier + -ier; compare -er. Compare post-classical Latin artillarius maker or supervisor of artillery, and also Catalan artiller, Spanish artillero, Portuguese artilheiro, Italian † artegliero, † artigliero, artigliere.
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