mak·​er·​space | \ ˈmā-kər-ˌspās How to pronounce makerspace (audio) \
variants: or less commonly maker space
plural makerspaces also maker spaces

Definition of makerspace

: a communal public workshop in which makers (see maker sense e) can work on small personal projects Something like this future is already present in the small but growing number of industrial shops called "makerspaces" that have popped up in the United States and around the world. The Columbus Idea Foundry is the country's largest such space, a cavernous converted shoe factory stocked with industrial-age machinery. Several hundred members pay a monthly fee to use its arsenal of machines to make gifts and jewelry; weld, finish, and paint; play with plasma cutters and work an angle grinder; or operate a lathe with a machinist.— Derek Thompson The maker space, which opened last year, houses equipment and tools like laser cutters, 3D printers, a woodworking shop and more for members to utilize to create or repair items.— Colin Slark

First Known Use of makerspace

2009, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for makerspace

maker + -space (in workspace "space for working, working memory on a computer")

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“Makerspace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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