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
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Recent Examples on the Web This power equipment maker collected more than $12.6 million in federal stimulus funds to create green energy manufacturing jobs while federal loans of $89.2 million supported the company’s exports to Mexico in 2012. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, "Remembering “Solyndra” – How Many $570M Green Energy Failures Are Hidden Inside Biden’s Instructure Proposal?," 12 Apr. 2021 Darktrace uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberattacks on the computer networks of companies and organizations, and its customers include Coca-Cola Co., engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC and the city of Las Vegas. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Cybersecurity Firm Darktrace Targets $4 Billion London IPO," 12 Apr. 2021 At least one display maker had to pause production. Chris Smith, BGR, "The most exciting new iPad pro might be hard to find at launch," 12 Apr. 2021 At the same time, any effort mix doses may be thwarted by China's own reluctance to approve the proven COVID-19 from German maker BioNTech. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Can you mix COVID-19 vaccine doses to boost immunity? China wants to find out," 12 Apr. 2021 The robotics and maker space contains tools, materials and a regulation-size robotics competition space for team practice. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, April 11," 11 Apr. 2021 Howard Weitzman, an attorney whose clients included Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and auto maker John DeLorean, has died. Andrew Dalton, ajc, "Howard Weitzman, lawyer for Jackson, Bieber, DeLorean, dies," 8 Apr. 2021 Spencer Susser wrote and directed the short, produced by Jeff Vespa, and teamed up with puppet maker Andy Gent's Arch Model studio to bring Ralph to life. Kelli Bender,, "Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, and More Lend Voices to Film About 'Terrible' Cosmetics Animal Testing," 7 Apr. 2021 While the market has resumed live music, other crowd‐gathering presentations such as chef demos and maker talks will not be scheduled this season. al, "The outdoor Market at Pepper Place returns April 10. Here’s what to expect," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of maker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Maker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maker

: a person who makes something
: a company that makes a specified product
: a machine that makes something



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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