moc·​ca·​sin | \ ˈmä-kə-sən How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \

Definition of moccasin

1a : a soft leather heelless shoe or boot with the sole brought up the sides of the foot and over the toes where it is joined with a puckered seam to a U-shaped piece lying on top of the foot
b : a regular shoe having a seam on the forepart of the vamp imitating the seam of a moccasin
b : a snake (as of the genus Natrix) resembling a water moccasin

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Other Words from moccasin

moccasined \ ˈmä-​kə-​sənd How to pronounce moccasined (audio) \ adjective

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Representative Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, wore a traditional Pueblo dress, turquoise jewelry, and moccasins. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Swearing-In Outfit Was a Nod to Suffragettes and Bronx Girls," 4 Jan. 2019 Minnetonka: Get Minnetonka slippers, boots, and moccasins for 25% off select styles starting on November 22 until November 28. Glamour, "Black Friday Deals 2018: Everything We Know So Far," 12 Nov. 2018 Thankfully, a more sanitary summer-shoe option—the moccasin—may already be in your closet. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Ultimate Summer Shoe (It’s Not a Sandal)," 19 July 2018 Hollister top and bell-bottom jeans with moccasins. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "When the ‘Mean Girls’ Were Teen Girls," 4 June 2018 Maddy Fass, Vogue Market Associate These Loewe moccasins are a chic upgrade from a classic penny loafer. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 June 2018 Madosh-Smart, White's grandmother, showed Stark a photo of the ceremonial dress and moccasins made for her Ojibwa burial ceremony since there was no body for the casket. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge orders life sentence with no parole in torture, murder, burning of pregnant West Allis woman," 4 June 2018 Jewelry, pottery, artwork, moccasins, blankets, and more will be displayed for sale. Julia Preszler,, "Spring pow-wow set for Marshfield Fairgrounds," 18 May 2018 Purchase bread baked in a pueblo oven called a horno and handmade crafts, including silver jewelry, mica-flecked pottery, and moccasins and drums made of animal hides. - - - Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Est. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of moccasin

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for moccasin

Virginia Algonquian mockasin

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The first known use of moccasin was circa 1612

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English Language Learners Definition of moccasin

: a flat shoe that is made of soft leather and is similar to a shoe originally worn by some Native Americans


moc·​ca·​sin | \ ˈmä-kə-sən How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \

Kids Definition of moccasin

1 : a soft shoe with no heel and the sole and sides made of one piece


moc·​ca·​sin | \ ˈmäk-ə-sən How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \

Medical Definition of moccasin

2 : a snake (as of the genus Natrix) resembling a water moccasin

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