moc·ca·sin | \ˈmä-kə-sən \

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

2a : water moccasin

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

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Other Words from moccasin

moccasined \-sənd \ adjective

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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 Sandals, loafers, flats or driving moccasins are all better low-key options. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "What should I wear to the Kentucky Derby? Here's help in planning your hat, dress & more," 12 Apr. 2018 Many of these styles are reflected through Navajo prints, dream catchers, feathers, turquoise, soft leathers, fur, and moccasins. Style Council Kyrstin, Seventeen, "Style Council Kyrstin Talks Trends: Native American Prints," 20 May 2011 This spring, there are a variety of flats out there: ballerinas, lace-ups, moccasins, and espadrilles. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Shoe czar Stuart Weitzman says this spring it's all about straps, flats and booties| Elizabeth Wellington," 19 Apr. 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of moccasin 

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

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