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

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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 Kyler Murray is a difference-maker at quarterback and drawing him as part of a third-place schedule seems cruel, but there is some variance as to what Arizona could be this season. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "The NFL should continue evolving after adding a game: 17 thoughts on 17 games," 30 Mar. 2021 Booker is the franchise, Paul is the difference maker and Ayton is the X-factor, but Bridges is the team's main defensive stopper and transition extraordinaire who gets open corner 3s playing off those three. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Look back at road nail biters, ahead to matchup vs. Atlanta Hawks," 29 Mar. 2021 Bessoir, who added eight rebounds, might grow into a difference maker as the Munich, Germany native is suited for UCLA’s offense that Close said is inspired by the free-flowing game popular in international leagues. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA tries to keep early NCAA tournament exit in perspective," 25 Mar. 2021 Could Ondrej Kase, who is back on the ice after a two-month layoff, be a difference-maker down the stretch?, "Could the Bruins pursue the Predators’ Mattias Ekholm at the trade deadline? Maybe, but it’s not that simple," 23 Mar. 2021 The Nederlander family’s roots in Detroit theater stretch all the way back to 1912, when D.T. Nederlander, whose father was a cigar maker in Detroit, started managing the Detroit Opera House. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Fisher Theatre to be acquired by U.K. group, ending long Nederlander run," 23 Mar. 2021 CEOs and leaders have to have both of these factors in mind, and an empathetic approach could be the difference-maker. Sean Manning, Forbes, "The Importance Of Showing Empathy As A CEO," 19 Mar. 2021 The addition of McDonogh transfer Caitlin McElwee (James Madison), a senior attacker who scored a team-high three goals in a 15-3 season-opening win over John Carroll, also could be a difference-maker. Rich Scherr,, "“We’ll never take a game for granted anymore.” IAAM teams enthused about return of lacrosse," 17 Mar. 2021 The name came from American industrial history: the Abbot Downing Co., based in New Hampshire, was a leading maker of stagecoaches in the 19th Century. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo's boutique business for the super rich, is being rebranded," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of maker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Maker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 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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