bak·​er ˈbā-kər How to pronounce baker (audio)
plural bakers
: a person who makes breads, cakes, pastries, etc.
Any avid baker knows that successful cakes and cookies often start with butter brought to room temperature.Jack Bishop et al.
specifically : someone who engages in baking as an occupation
Shopping routinely involved separate trips to the butcher, baker and green grocer … Doris Weatherford
: a device or utensil used for baking
: a food that is suitable for baking
It's hard to beat the delicate flavor of new potatoes or a big, fluffy baker.Jim McCausland

Examples of baker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neighboring city Charlevoix held the record for a 7-ton, 14-foot-long cherry pie baked in 1976, but in 1987, Traverse City bakers had a record number of cherries, the biggest crop at the time since 1965, and fruitful ambitions. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2024 Maine's largest city has long been nationally known as a top food destination, and just this year two Portland bakers won James Beard Awards. Chelsea Conaboy, New York Times, 20 June 2024 Each baker makes their own Girl Scout Cookies, which means iconic favorites may differ in flavor and name – and new, specialty cookies are now available. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 12 June 2024 Popular brands like Zwilling, Staub, and Lodge are on sale, including this four-piece baker set with two baking dishes and two bowls that are microwave-, freezer-, broiler-, and oven-safe. Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for baker 

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Word History


Middle English bakere, from baken "to bake entry 1" + -ere -er entry 2; replacing bachare, going back to Old English bæcere, from bacan "to bake entry 1" + -ere -er entry 2

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of baker was before the 12th century

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“Baker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Ba·​ker ˈbā-kər How to pronounce Baker (audio)
James Addison 1930–     U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1985–88); Secretary of State (1989–92)


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biographical name (2)

Newton Diehl 1871–1937 American statesman


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biographical name (3)

Ray Stannard 1870–1946 pseudonym David Grayson ˈgrā-sᵊn How to pronounce Baker (audio) American author

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