cob·​bler | \ ˈkä-blər How to pronounce cobbler (audio) \

Definition of cobbler

1 : a mender or maker of shoes and often of other leather goods
2 archaic : a clumsy workman
3 : a tall iced drink consisting usually of wine, rum, or whiskey and sugar garnished with mint or a slice of lemon or orange
4 : a deep-dish fruit dessert with a thick top crust

Examples of cobbler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Salvatore Ferragamo , another luxury cobbler, is struggling to attract the young Chinese shoppers that now drive demand in the sector and faces potential succession issues following the death of the founder’s widow in October. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury Deals Will Be Made in Italy," 16 Nov. 2018 Classic Hong Kong tailors like Ascot Chang are on regular rotation, as are Spanish cobblers Carmina, and cult Japanese sock-makers Tabio. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 Most repairs are performed at a 20,000-square-foot repair shop in Queens that employs 50 cobblers. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "The Cobbler Business Has a Lot of Heart, but Fewer Souls These Days," 21 Aug. 2018 According to medieval records, at least one Frenchman—a cobbler—was executed as punishment for his striped garb in 1310. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "To Make Stripes Feel Fresh, Layer Them Wantonly," 31 Jan. 2019 At the top of the stairs a shrinelike showcase holds the tools of Filippo, Della Valle's grandfather, a reminder of the family's cobbler origins. Alessandra Ilari, Town & Country, "Captain Italia," 7 Aug. 2014 Let the cobbler cool for about 30 minutes to firm up. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, " writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 Try a sherry cobbler or a New York sour—classics for a reason—or inquire about a favorite. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 For dessert, nothing beats fresh blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Heidi Mitchell, House Beautiful, "This Lake Michigan House Was Built With Summertime In Mind," 16 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cobbler.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cobbler

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cobbler

Middle English cobelere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cobbler

Statistics for cobbler

Last Updated

23 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cobbler

The first known use of cobbler was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cobbler



English Language Learners Definition of cobbler

old-fashioned : a person who makes or repairs shoes
US : a dessert made of cooked fruit covered with a thick crust


cob·​bler | \ ˈkä-blər How to pronounce cobbler (audio) \

Kids Definition of cobbler

1 : a person who mends or makes shoes
2 : a fruit pie with a thick upper crust and no bottom crust that is baked in a deep dish

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cobbler

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cobbler

Spanish Central: Translation of cobbler

Nglish: Translation of cobbler for Spanish Speakers

Comments on cobbler

What made you want to look up cobbler? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!