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† gold-finer, n.

Forms:  see gold n.1   and finer n.1(Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: gold n.1, finer n.1
Obsolete (hist. in later use).

  A refiner of gold.

1437   Close Roll, 15 Henry VI (P.R.O.: C 54/287) m. 14v   Johanni Tysse Goldfyner.
?c1475   Catholicon Anglicum (BL Add. 15562) f. 56v   Golde ffynere.
1530   J. Palsgrave Lesclarcissement 226/1   Goldefynor, affineur.
1555   R. Eden tr. V. Biringucci Pyrotechnia in tr. Peter Martyr of Angleria Decades of Newe Worlde f. 335v   Dysshe of wod lyke vnto those which the golde finers vse.
1607   J. Nicholl Houre Glasse Indian Newes sig. Cv   The Carrebyes did weare for an ornament vpon the small of their naked armes a foure-square plate, which maister Browne a Gold-finer told Captaine Sen-Iohns had three partes of it Golde.
1668   T. Sydserff Tarugo's Wiles iii. 17   There are two Houses of Pleasure..; one belongs..to the Gold-finer of the Seraglio.
1705   tr. B. Ramazzini Treat. Dis. Tradesmen 16   He gives a miserable instance of a Goldfiner that in Gilding some Silver Plate was so affected by the Mercurial Vapour, that he thereupon became stupid, deaf and dumb.
1877   Hardwicke's Sci.-gossip 13 70/1   How the Cockney gold-finers came to mistake mica for gold is indeed a crux.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2018).