cord·​wain·​er ˈkȯrd-ˌwā-nər How to pronounce cordwainer (audio)
archaic : a worker in cordovan leather
cordwainery noun

Examples of cordwainer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carlier this year, the brand worked with two European cordwainers to create a collection of Italian leather sandals, and has also produced espadrilles in Spain. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 24 Aug. 2023 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cordwainer was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cordwainer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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