goldsmith

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English goldsmith, from Old English goldsmiþ ‎(goldsmith), from Proto-Germanic *gulþasmiþaz ‎(goldsmith), equivalent to gold +‎ smith. Cognate with Scots goldsmyth, gouldsmeth ‎(goldsmith), Saterland Frisian Gouldsmid ‎(goldsmith), West Frisian goudsmid ‎(goldsmith), Dutch goudsmid ‎(goldsmith), Danish guldsmed ‎(goldsmith), Swedish guldsmed ‎(goldsmith), Icelandic gullsmiður ‎(goldsmith).

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goldsmith ‎(plural goldsmiths)

  1. A person who forges things out of gold, especially jewelry.
  2. (obsolete) A banker (because the goldsmiths of London used to receive money on deposit, being equipped to keep it safely).

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