cord·​wain·​er | \ ˈkȯrd-ˌwā-nər How to pronounce cordwainer (audio) \

Definition of cordwainer

1 archaic : a worker in cordovan leather
2 : shoemaker

Other Words from cordwainer

cordwainery \ ˈkȯrd-​ˌwā-​nə-​rē How to pronounce cordwainer (audio) \ noun

Examples of cordwainer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The word cordwainer–denoting a maker of leather shoes–is derived from the Spanish city of Córdoba, which was famed for its exceptional leather. Shane C. Kurup, Esquire, 7 June 2017 Rather like becoming a Samurai, a bespoke cordwainer needs to dedicate at least four to five years to learning the skills required to make the grade. Shane C. Kurup, Esquire, 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of cordwainer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cordwainer

Middle English cordewaner, borrowed from Anglo-French, from cordewan cordwain + -er -er entry 2

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“Cordwainer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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