mak·​er ˈmā-kər How to pronounce maker (audio)
plural makers
: one that makes: such as
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
archaic : poet
: 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
: 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
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Maker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


mak·​er ˈmā-kər How to pronounce maker (audio)
: one that makes: as
capitalized : god sense 1
: a person who signs a promissory note

Legal Definition


: 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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