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From French métallurgie, from Ancient Greek μεταλλουργός (metallourgós, miner).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈtæl.ə.dʒi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɛt.əˌlɝ.dʒi/
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The /məˈtælədʒi/ pronunciation is the more common one in the UK and Commonwealth. The /ˈmɛtəˌlɝdʒi/ pronunciation is the more common one in the USA, and is the first-listed variant in various American dictionaries (e.g., Merriam-Webster Collegiate, American Heritage). Worldwide, both are accepted.


metallurgy (usually uncountable, plural metallurgies)

  1. The science of metals; their extraction from ores, purification and alloying, heat treatment, and working.
    • 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Evesham (1870)”, in RAIL, number 947, page 59:
      Fowler was also interested in metallurgy and the use of new materials that could withstand greater stresses, something he expounded on when giving his presidential address to the new Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1927.

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