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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Smith, Ian Smith, Ian Douglas Smithnoun

    Rhodesian statesman who declared independence of Zimbabwe from Great Britain (born in 1919)

  2. Smith, David Smith, David Roland Smithnoun

    United States sculptor (1906-1965)

  3. Smith, Kate Smith, Kathryn Elizabeth Smithnoun

    United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)

  4. Smith, Julia Evelina Smithnoun

    United States suffragist who refused to pay taxes until she could vote (1792-1886)

  5. Smith, Bessie Smithnoun

    United States blues singer (1894-1937)

  6. Smith, Joseph Smithnoun

    religious leader who founded the Mormon Church in 1830 (1805-1844)

  7. Smith, John Smith, Captain John Smithnoun

    English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)

  8. Smith, Adam Smithnoun

    Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790)

  9. smithnoun

    someone who works at something specified

  10. smith, metalworkernoun

    someone who works metal (especially by hammering it when it is hot and malleable)


  1. Smithnoun

    An English surname (the most common in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

  2. Etymology: smiþ, from smiþaz. Cognate with Dutch smid, German Schmied, Swedish/Norwegian smed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smithnoun

    Etymology: smið , Saxon; smeth, German; smid, Dutch; from smitan , Saxon, to beat.

    He doth nothing but talk of his horse, and can shoe him. I am afraid, my lady, his mother, played false with a smith. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Lawless man, the anvil dares profane,
    And forge that steel by which a man is slain:
    Which earth at first for plough shares did afford;
    Nor yet the smith had learn’d to form a sword. Nahum Tate.

    The ordinary qualities observable in iron, or a diamond, that make their true complex idea, a smith or a jeweler commonly knows better than a philosopher. John Locke.

    The doves repented, though too late,
    Become the smiths of their own foolish fate. Dryden.


  1. Smith

    Daniel Campbell Smith (born 14 July 1986) is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the lead singer, primary songwriter and founder of the British rock band Bastille. The band formed in 2010 and gained mass popularity in 2013 when the song Pompeii was released with their album Bad Blood. The band then released their second album, Wild World in September 2016. In June 2019, the band released their third album Doom Days.


  1. smith

    1) A smith is a professional who works with metals, traditionally blacksmiths or goldsmiths, who make or repair things such as tools, horseshoes, or jewelry. This term is often used as a suffix in job titles like silversmith, goldsmith, or blacksmith. 2) Smith is also a common last name of English origin, primarily indicating a family's historical trade or craft. 3) In terms of geology, a "smith" or "stratum" refers to a layer or a series of layers of rock in the ground. 4) In bird terminology, "smith" refers to a kind of long-tailed songbird, specifically the Long-tailed Tits, as it was named after the English zoologist Charles Hamilton Smith.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smithnoun

    one who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals; as, a blacksmith, goldsmith, silversmith, and the like

  2. Smithnoun

    one who makes or effects anything

  3. Smithnoun

    to beat into shape; to forge

  4. Etymology: [AS. smiian. See Smith, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smith

    smith, n. one who forges with the hammer: a worker in metals: one who makes anything.—ns. Smith′ery, the workshop of a smith: work done by a smith—also Smith′ing; Smith′y, the workshop of a smith; Smith′y-coal, a kind of small coal much used by smiths. [A.S. smith; Ger. schmied.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SMITH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smith is ranked #1 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Smith surname appeared 2,442,977 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 828 would have the surname Smith.

    70.9% or 1,732,071 total occurrences were White.
    23.1% or 564,572 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 58,631 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 53,501 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 21,742 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 12,215 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Smith' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1283

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Smith' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2384

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Smith in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Smith in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Smith in a Sentence

  1. Matt Smith:

    This is a response to try to cripple the Matt Smith shale industry.

  2. Joseph Tacopina:

    Police said the rapper spent the night in central booking and would appear before a judge on Friday. Joseph Tacopina, Meek’s lawyer, told the New YorkDaily News that Mill was arrested because of Joseph Tacopina celebrity status. ‘ LION KING ’ PRODUCER REVEALS BOMBSHELL : MUFASA AND SCAR ARE NOT BROTHERS It really stinks of obvious targeting an individual who is a celebrity and maybe who law enforcement don't like, and it's not what the system is supposed to be about, Joseph Tacopina said. If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't have even been arrested.

  3. Barrett Brown:

    Robert Smith's life is over.

  4. Clay Travis:

    If ‘The Rock’ had come out and made that joke, [Smith] ain’t walking up on the stage and open-hand slapping ‘The Rock,’.

  5. Delano Massey:

    In the book, Smith is vulnerable in a way that Black men often aren't allowed to be, i hope that his story empowers other Black men to be vulnerable, too.

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  • Donovan Scott Snr
    Donovan Scott Snr
    Your discription of Ian Douglas Smith is totally incorrect. He was a whit colonial ruler of Rhodesia that declared UDInfrom Great Britain. Had nothing to do with Zimbabwe
    LikeReply4 years ago

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the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
A sweep
B mitre
C canopy
D breastwork

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