mak·​er | \ ˈmā-kər How to pronounce maker (audio) \
plural makers

Definition of maker

: one that makes: such as
a capitalized : god sense 1 Tastemakers shunned Hartshorne because he violated modernist taboo by arguing that God actually exists. Faith establishments shunned him because he maintained that the Maker must be imperfect.— Gregg Easterbrook — see also meet one's maker
b archaic : poet
c : a person who borrows money on a promissory note The party that agrees to repay the money is the maker of the note, and the party that receives money in the future is the payee.— Gary A. Porter and Curtis L. Norton
d : manufacturer For six months, starting in September 1972, Satoshi Kamata, a journalist, worked incognito as a temporary employee at Toyota, Japan's largest car maker.— Steve Lohr Robin Williams stars as Leslie Zevo, the son of a toy maker … with a macabre sense of whimsy.— Peter Travers
e : a person who experiments with creating, constructing, modifying, or repairing objects especially as a hobby With 3D printers and sewing machines, laser cutters and hand tools, makers are innovating and revolutionizing the creative process of turning ideas into tangible objects.Record Observer (Centreville, Maryland) Maker culture is about … learning by doing, taking an idea from paper to reality.— Peg Mawby As he tinkered, [inventor Saul] Griffith became a prime exemplar of "maker culture"—a community of sophisticated do-it-yourselfers who view hardware in the same provisional way that computer hackers view software, and who believe that making, modifying, and repairing things can be an antidote to throwaway consumerism.— David Owen

Examples of maker in a Sentence

a maker of action films a maker of computer chips a hymn giving thanks to the Maker of all things
Recent Examples on the Web Soros also purchased two promissory notes worth about $100 million in Chinese EV maker Nio, said Gordon, who studied the government report Soros' fund filed. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 Naturally, the ads weren’t necessarily the difference-maker in a primary Mastriano won by more than twenty points. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 May 2022 In March, Musk responded to a tweet from Biden’s verified account that outlined achievements by Ford and General Motors in the elective vehicle space, pointing out Tesla’s accomplishments as an EV maker. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 17 May 2022 Rivian warned that if Commercial Vehicle Group stopped delivering the seats, the EV maker would face an imminent shutdown of its van production, which is just launching, according to the documents filed in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit. Ryan Felton, WSJ, 16 May 2022 While a top three pick would be ideal, the Rockets still could get a difference-maker, even at No. 4 or 5. Matt Young, Chron, 16 May 2022 It was made by renowned Italian violin-maker Nicolò Gagliano and was lent to Xu by a private sponsor 20 years ago. Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 The Scout, produced from 1961 to 1980, was the truck-maker’s foray into the passenger vehicle market. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 11 May 2022 Previously, Yatskov spent a decade at supercomputer-maker Cray and then a decade at a Massachusetts firm called Thermal Form and Function. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of maker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Maker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of maker

: one (as an issuer) that undertakes to pay a negotiable instrument and especially a note sign a note as maker rather than indorser


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