foot·​wear ˈfu̇t-ˌwer How to pronounce footwear (audio)
: wearing apparel (such as shoes or boots) for the feet

Example Sentences

sneakers, loafers, and other casual footwear
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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of footwear was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Footwear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


foot·​wear -ˌwa(ə)r How to pronounce footwear (audio)
: covering (as shoes) for the feet

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