shoe·​mak·​er | \ ˈshü-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce shoemaker (audio) \

Definition of shoemaker

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: a person whose occupation is making or repairing shoes


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Shoe·​mak·​er | \ ˈshü-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce Shoemaker (audio) \

Definition of Shoemaker (Entry 2 of 2)

Eugene Merle 1928–1997 American planetary geologist

Examples of shoemaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shares of Crocs, the maker of foam clogs worn by everyone from children to celebrity chefs, soared Tuesday after the shoemaker raised its 2021 sales forecast. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Crocs shares soar as pandemic drives demand for "comfortwear"," 27 Apr. 2021 Crocs' bittersweet moment arrived in the midst of a global pandemic when the shoemaker logged its best sales ever in 2020. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Crocs sales are soaring. Even Questlove wore a gold pair to the Oscars," 27 Apr. 2021 While searching for potential grant funding for Edison’s art department, Boone found a contest by the popular shoemaker Vans. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: Students have overcome so much in the last year, pandemic aside," 20 Apr. 2021 By 1890, 18 families lived in the Baltimore County hamlet as the produce farms and fruit orchards gradually gave way to a landscape with churches, a bakery, shoemaker, corner store and school. Mike Klingaman,, "Violetville is a snug, sequestered slice of southwest Baltimore whose residents make their own entertainment," 15 Apr. 2021 Few were more out-front in support of the Black Lives Matter movement than the shoemaker. Philip Elliott, Time, "Corporations Struggle to Back Voting Rights and Protect the Bottom Line," 13 Apr. 2021 In many ways, George Cleverley is the archetypal English shoemaker. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, "How British Bespoke Shoemaker George Cleverley Thrived During a Year of Flip-Flops and Sneakers," 29 Mar. 2021 Terezinha Backes, a 63-year-old retired shoemaker living in a municipality on the outskirts of Porto Alegre, had been exceedingly careful over the past year, venturing out only when necessary, said her nephew, Henrique Machado. New York Times, "A Collapse Foretold: How Brazil’s Covid-19 Outbreak Overwhelmed Hospitals," 27 Mar. 2021 This idea isn't new—the first pair of ballet flats for everyday wear was created by designer Claire McCardell and Metropolitan Opera House shoemaker, Salvatore Capezio, in 1941. Courtney Sofiah Yates, Marie Claire, "Just Dance: Ballet-Inspired Accessories Take Center Stage," 11 Mar. 2021

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Shoemaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shoemaker

: someone who makes or repairs shoes


shoe·​mak·​er | \ ˈshü-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce shoemaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of shoemaker

: a person who makes or repairs shoes

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