One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who makes articles out of metal, especially tin.
- ‘While blacksmiths work mostly with hot metal, whitesmiths do the majority of their work on cold metal (although they might use a forge to shape their raw materials).’
- ‘I was apprenticed at 25 to a whitesmith named Samuel Blanchard.’
- 1.1 A polisher or finisher of metal goods.
Middle English: from white (denoting ‘white iron’, i.e. tin) + smith.
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