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 Laud was also a staple in most homes for cooking, especially for all those pies and cobblers. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Nutrition information: What you need to know," 16 Aug. 2019 In the hands of a good cobbler, just about anything is possible: replacing the sole, fixing a broken eyelet or even swapping out a zipper. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Men’s Boots," 31 Oct. 2018 For cocktails, lighter cobblers, cups, and juleps (one containing five different kinds of amaro) are a good starting place. Globe Staff,, "A first visit to chef Tiffani Faison’s Orfano," 29 Aug. 2019 Summery-souled, fruity cobblers and crisps have been around since Colonial days, when British and European settlers brought their recipes with them. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 2019 Each chapter offers six to nine recipes, from mix-ahead cocktails to desserts, including a four-berry cobbler. Dallas News, "Fort Worth foodies and TCU football fans team up for 'Texas Tailgate Cookbook'," 20 Aug. 2019 The goal is to create a beer that brings cherry cobbler to mind (with the oats, granola and sugar creating a crust-like taste) that concludes with a smooth chocolatey finish. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Goose Island Will Release 8 Bourbon County Variants This Year—and a Collection," 14 Aug. 2019 Cast-iron skillets are a perfect vessel for any number of baked sweets, from cobblers to brownies, and are attractive enough to easily go from the oven to the table. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "7 sweet treats that taste better in a cast-iron pan," 10 June 2019 For me, however, the ultimate summer desserts have got to be cobblers. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Lighten up your summer dessert with seasonal stone fruit," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of cobbler

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cobbler

Middle English cobelere

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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

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