mach·​er ˈmä-ḵər How to pronounce macher (audio)
plural machers
: a powerful, influential person
His business partner at the agency is the operatically colorful macher Ari Emanuel, and they know more than almost anyone about how to use tabloid ink to boost a client or break a competitor.Amy Chozick
Born in 1948, I am part of the baby boomer generation, and while I was not a macher, I played a role, albeit a small one, in both my Orthodox community and the broader American Jewish world.Joseph R. Rackman

Examples of macher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two leaders identified key safety concerns to address urgently: traffic, violence, drugs. — VALLEY PASSING: Former Police Commission president and San Fernando Valley automotive macher Bert Boeckmann has died at 92. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2023 In Yiddish, the macher. Sam Kestenbaum, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2022 Chino is a good kid who one day is asked a favor by Willie Bodega, the local macher. New York Times, 30 June 2022 The best is Adrian Boseman, a charismatic macher played by the great Delroy Lindo. Sophia Nguyen, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021

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Word History


borrowed from Yiddish makher "influential person, fixer," literally, "maker," going back to Middle High German macher "maker, creator," from machen "to make, do" (going back to Old High German mahhōn) + -er -er entry 2 — more at make entry 1

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macher was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Macher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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