Definition - A skilled user or maker of words.

Example -
"We already know John Updike as a resourceful wordsmith, a fine writer." (Daily Telegraph - 7 Nov. 23/01)

Etymology -
The word was coined by combining word and smith — the latter in this sense meaning "craftsman."

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1896:
"Stevenson, the soaring child of genius and the plodding *word-smith."
(Literary World 19 June 571/2)

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