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

Other Words from moccasin

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

Examples of moccasin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The report cites an account that the name was inspired by an imprint shaped like a woman’s moccasin in a granite rock pointing toward the valley. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Now, the brand has expanded into men's footwear, offering two different styles of shoes, a sneaker and a driving moccasin. Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2021 Rather than a trendy open-heel shoe, this is a traditional moccasin design that won’t consistently make dad feel like his slippers are precariously sliding off his feet. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The outer moccasin is made from water-resistant suede that keeps the shoe (and your feet) dry. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2020 This includes fall essentials like moccasins, pullovers, rain jackets, and more. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2019 The one thing everyone should buy in Rome is a pair of made-to-measure leather moccasins at Petrocchi. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Dec. 2019 Choose from clogs and moccasins made from materials including fleece, terry, sherpa, and even luxe chenille—plus, one pair of booties is up for grabs. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, 13 Dec. 2019 Bilson put together a list of some of her favorite gift-appropriate items from the store (which can be found on the Marshalls website) that includes everything from fuzzy moccasins, to a tea set, to, of course, lots and lots of toys. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 10 Dec. 2019 See More

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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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More Definitions for moccasin


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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